Self-improvement, personal growth, personal-development (or whatever you wish to call it!) is a very important part of my life. It’s actually one of the things that I’m most passionate about. But when friends, family, or people I know see me reading self-help books and talking about self-improvement, sometimes I can see them rolling their eyes internally.
I’m going to get a little personal here, but I’ll keep it short. I used to suffer from bad depression, and I still suffer from pretty bad anxiety. This has caused some problems for me and for my life. I just felt so bad all the time, and I stopped trying to fight it, or make myself happy. I basically just gave up on life. Then one day, I had a sort of revelation: I realized that I’m in control of my life, and I could turn things around.
So then, not too long ago, I decided to change myself and try to completely turn my life around. I devoured books on an array of topics that promised to change your life – books on how to be more confident, how to live a better life, how to be more mindful, books on pretty much any positive change. I was skeptical, but I just didn’t know what else to do.
They opened my mind, though. They gave me motivation and advice on how to change things and change myself. Those books (along with accepting God!) started the transformation of my life. It’s also part of the reason why I started this blog. I now see that it’s up to me to find happiness, despite what life throws at me. And now I know how important it is to be constantly learning, working on yourself, and improving yourself.
Here are 11 (of the many!) reasons why I feel like self-improvement is important:
1. You’ll be more confident.
A lot of people who feel insecure about themselves often try to blame their unhappiness or poor self-esteem on other things such as their past experiences, or something negative they’ve been through. (That’s how I used to be.) But if you work to improve yourself and become a better person, you’ll naturally feel more confident. You’ll feel more at peace with yourself and who you are.
2. You’ll become more successful.
It’s true that a portion of a person’s success can be attributed to things such as upbringing, luck, etc. But a larger portion can be attributed to that person’s hard work, dedication, drive, and other things that are in your control. If you work on improving yourself, you can have a positive impact on your success in your career, and pretty much every other area of your life as well.
3. You’ll become more well-rounded.
An important aspect of self-improvement (in my opinion) is to make sure you’re always improving a different part of yourself, one part at a time. Meaning, work on different areas of your life physically, mentally, emotionally, professionally, etc. This will make you more well-rounded.
4. You’ll be working towards something.
Do you ever feel like your life is just kind of… purpose-less? Like you’re just sitting still while the world is moving around you? That’s a sad feeling, but it can be fixed. If you’re working to make yourself better, then you have goals and dreams that you’re achieving. It gives you a sense of purpose and fulfillment and keeps you going, keeps you moving towards something.
5. You’ll become a better person.
When you’re constantly pushing yourself, challenging yourself, and working hard to improve yourself and your life, you’re obviously becoming a better person. You’re constantly trying to become the best version of yourself.
6. It can improve your whole life.
If you’re actually working towards improving yourself, it improves your life. You learn to face your fears, follow your dreams, become a confident person, and countless other things. Of course this will improve your quality of life. You learn to think positively and be emotionally, spiritually, and physically healthy. You gradually become a happier person who is passionate about life.
7. You’ll love yourself (and life).
Working on this will transform your mind. You’ll learn to love yourself, to be grateful for what you have. When you’re constantly working on yourself, you just learn to have a more peaceful life.
8. You’ll know and understand yourself.
So many people go through life not actually knowing who they are. They just float around, not actually conscious of their purpose, or what they want out of life. Improving yourself can make you aware of who you are, what you like, what your strengths and weaknesses are. It will make you so much more self-aware, and you’ll be so thankful for it.
9. It will improve your mental/emotional health.
When you understand your mind better, you’ll realize that you’re responsible for yourself, your life, and your actions. You can learn that you’re in control of your emotions, your reactions, and your problems. You’ll grow and become bigger than your problems.
10. You’ll become an inspiration.
When you improve yourself, you can become a role model to others. You’ll help people realize that they can become something better, and they can work to achieve more in their life, and become happier themselves. It’s a great feeling when you make an impact on another person’s life.
11. It’s actually just fun.
In my opinion, self-improvement is actually loads of fun. When you notice yourself changing and growing, it makes you want to work harder, and become better. You’ll want to keep challenging yourself and it will make you really happy.
In what ways do you work on self-improvement (if any)? Do you have any tips, helpful books, or anything to share? I’d love to read your comments!
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