How do you know if a person is willing to attain self-improvement?
This is a question with no definite answer. It will all depend on the individual.
Many people have goals, dreams, or ambitions but do not know how to achieve them. They may have thought about what would make up self-improvement and their ideal life but have no idea how to begin making plans and taking the actions required to make them a reality.
Some people have a vague idea of how to go about self-improvement. These are the ones that believe that if only they had a better job, or had been given better opportunities, or met the love of their life, or whatever else, everything would be fine, and they would be happy.
They feel that external factors decide their happiness or lack of joy, and their thoughts and actions are of little consequence.
Some believe that if only they had more money, they could have whatever they want and be on their way to self-improvement.
They may have spent little time thinking about what they want from life and do not believe there is anything they can do to create their fuzzy version of utopia anyway, apart from buying more lottery tickets.
Other people do not even know what they want from their lives and may even have little idea what would make them happy. They seem to drift from day to day, week to week, month to month, year to year and do little more than about getting by.
They may have seemingly secure jobs and be earning enough to live relatively comfortable lives. They seem happy enough and have no great ambition to achieve anything more from their lives than they currently have.
Is self-improvement essential to increase your self-esteem?
The reality is that throughout our lives, we are all continually growing and developing, and this, if you allow it, will increase your self-esteem. Circumstances make us grow and develop, even if we do not make the conscious decision to do so.
Up to a certain age, we learn through formal education, and we continue to learn through our experiences for the rest of our lives. We have to learn and grow to deal with everything that life throws at us. We all have to go through self-improvement.
Modern life moves at a dramatically faster pace than at any time in history. For anyone living in contemporary society, there are more opportunities to do anything that you want to do with your life than ever before.
But there is also more competition than ever before, and ever-changing technology means that there are few if any, ‘jobs for life’ anymore. It is now normal not only to change jobs quite often throughout our working lives but even to completely change careers and industries.
Because the workplace is so competitive, people who are ambitious and hungry for success know they need to learn new skills and knowledge to keep ahead of the pack. To attain this, self-improvement is necessary.
These are the people who will be most likely to keep their jobs or progress within their chosen field or be readily employable in different organizations or industries.
A commitment to self-improvement and personal growth may well be the deciding factor in how anyone’s future will turn out. Let’s take a quick look from another perspective, the point of self-improvement as a reflective tool.
When you reach the 40-year stage in your life, you will suddenly realize many things. You get to ask yourself questions. How will it be when I get to the end of my life? How do I feel about the life I lived?
Then someone gave you some self-improvement articles while telling you that it is not yet too late. Does that mean anything to you?
You bet it does. The feeling of anxiety that will come next is just average. Then you will feel confused because life had felt so good. You were happy, had a successful marriage, two beautiful kids, and a job you reasonably enjoyed. What was my problem?
It was your glass ceiling. The “practical” and fear-based side that had convinced you all along that your passion and dreams had died.
Here are the top ten shifts in perspective that can help you move your life to the next level. This self-improvement article will help you break through your glass ceiling to create the life you want.
1. permit yourself to dream. You probably had no problem dreaming as a kid. What happened to your ability to imagine and dream about what you want and who you want to be? When was the last time you caught yourself daydreaming and appreciated it?
2. Stop looking outside yourself for happiness. Look inside. Increase your self-awareness. Get curious about who you are at the core. Cultivate and nurture a relationship with yourself.
3. Cover the basics. Take the time to address your personal needs. How can you focus on thriving in your life if you are in survival mode? Set up that meeting with a financial advisor, get your space organized, clean up the details, wasting your energy.
4. Embrace your past and move on—shift from “why it happened” to what I want to do about it now. Asking “why” is not a very empowering question—asking what or how I want to proceed can be much more powerful and produce forward movement.
5. Remember that you are not alone. It is easy to feel overwhelmed with life. Seek support. Read more self-improvement articles. They might help you figure out some things that are puzzling you.
6. Remember gratitude. Count your blessings. What is working right in your life? Make a list. Set aside a bit of time everyday to acknowledge what or who you are grateful for. The more you practice gratitude, the more you attract into your life things to be thankful for.
7. Court your passion. You still have your desires though it has been a while since you may have felt it flow. When are you the most alive and joyful in your life? Who do you most admire, and what do they inspire in you?
8. Take action and take a risk. All the world’s inspiration is not enough to make you move your life to the next level. It takes inspired action to do that.
9. Keep breathing. You probably forget to take deep full breaths. We have all learned to constrict our breathing in response to stress. According to many self-improvement articles, we not only need oxygen to stay alive, but we also need oxygen to give us energy and keep us healthy. Right now, take five deep, full breaths.
10. Have fun. Call a friend, take a bubble bath, take yourself to an art museum or schedule a whole day out in nature. Put on some great music and dance till you drop.
You and only you have the power to self-improve daily and increase your self-esteem (self-worth).
Choose to learn from old life events as they are part of the journey and embrace the new life that you choose to create every single day of your life.
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Your Coach Lionel Sanabria