Self improvement has been a thing for quite a few years now, and something that people have always done even if there wasn’t an official name for it. I think it’s part of who we are that we try to improve ourselves and become better people, that as we physically grow it’s part of that process or journey to grow mentally as well. It’s good to want to improve our skills, knowledge and productivity, but sometimes there’s something else we have to focus on first.
Sometimes in our life journey we pick up some bad habits and sometimes our bodies or minds get the best of us and as a result we may struggle with ourselves, our self confidence, and our relationships with others. As a result people may think of you as an “angry person,” a “debbie downer,” a “serial dater,” a “violent person,” someone with a short temper, or someone can’t hold down a job. It’s not easy to admit that these titles may fit you, and for many it’s even harder to get over being them, especially when being angry or violent or just throwing away relationships is your default.
It may not be easy, but it will not only improve your life but also the lives of those around you. Think about the last time you were out at a store and listened to someone lose their temper at their kid or at someone they’re on the phone with. It was probably embarrassing for you to listen to, but it may also hurt to think about how the person on the receiving end may be feeling. Yes, self improvement is about growing personally and making your life better, but in this case it’s also about being aware of the world around you and how you are impacting the lives of others.
This week I encourage you to work on the habit or personal challenge that’s not only holding you back from victories, but also is negatively impacting others. Addressing this issue will not only help get you on the path to a better you, but also improve your relationships and the perceptions that other people have of you.