Self Improvement And Success

Self Improvement And Success

Every event that occurs in our lives has a cause and happens for a reason.

We might not always understand the reasons or for that matter, the causes of these events and quite often, one thing leads to an entire chain of events, either for better or worse. When bad things happen to us, don’t internalize them and fall into a pattern of negative thinking. Instead, look at all of your failures, heartaches and embarrassments as an opportunity to learn. They can be some of your most valuable allies on the road to success.

You’re probably familiar with the film Patch Adams.

Adams is a medical student who has made it through medical school, only to fail his boards. He’s severely depressed, even attempting suicide before deciding to get help and getting admitted to psychiatric care as an inpatient. In the months Adams spent in the hospital, he met a wide variety of people with an array of psychiatric problems – schizophrenia, catatonia and many others.

During this time, he found ways to cope with his depression and decided to get his life back on track.

He found that what he still really wanted in life was to be a doctor and his positive thinking is what ultimately led him to success. His journey of self improvement didn’t end with himself; his goal was to improve the lives of everyone he came into contact with. Maybe he didn’t completely succeed at this highly ambitious goal, but he became one of the best physicians in the country and an inspirational figure to people all over the world.

Where exactly is the intersection of self improvement and success?

That’s something everyone has to answer for themselves, but these tips will help you get closer to that goal:

  • Don’t think of yourself as a failure. If you can’t accept yourself, how can anyone else accept you?
  • When you see attractive people, don’t let it make you feel unattractive. Instead, focus on inner beauty and self improvement.
  • Try to help the people around you feel better about themselves when they’re feeling down. Definitely don’t let their negativity drag you down.
  • Every failure is an opportunity for self improvement. If you can learn from your mistakes, every disappointment can be one step further down the road to success.
  • Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither were you. Self improvement should be taken a step at a time.
  • Set achievable, measurable goals. Your goal shouldn’t be perfection, it should be to be a better you, not someone else.
  • The little things matter, both to you and to others. Even the smallest kindness can make someone’s day and by recognizing the beauty in others, we become more beautiful ourselves.

You might be ready to pursue a path of self improvement and accept change in your life.

Keep in mind that not everyone else may feel the same way as you do. Part of what makes the world so wonderful is that people have a large range of different attitudes and values and for the most part, we can get along with one another. Even the people who are especially close to you might not want to join you on your journey towards success and that’s OK.

We’ve already touched on this, but it bears repeating.

Don’t expect an overnight success, because there is no such thing. Everything worth having takes work and more often than not, time to achieve. As you work towards your goals, don’t forget to be grateful for what you already have and for everything that you achieve along the way.

Everyone of us is here to learn.

Whether we intend to or not and in fact, we’re also here to teach, whether or not we’re aware of it. Every interaction and every event is another chance to learn and grow and the more open you are to self improvement, the better your chances for success.

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