You probably heard the terms self-improvement and self-help being thrown around. You may be familiar with the term or it may be quite vague. What is self-improvement and what's the point? Is it a woo-woo concept? Is it a pretentious concept? Why do people roll their eyes or feel uncomfortable when they hear these words? Let's shed some light on that.
Self-improvement is exactly what it says: improvement of the self. It means that you become better than you were yesterday. In what way? Does it mean to be better at gymnastics or mathematics than you were the day before? Not quite. You can throw that in, but it's not the essence of the concept.
The human being is deep. We're driven by many things, overpowered by many things. The emotions, mind, brain, and body are always talking to us and make us react in certain ways. We become a puppet. Fear is always in our way. Our mind gets carried away. Our emotions take us on a roller-coaster ride. There are so many parameters that want to take over that we loose our true essence in it. Everything is me, myself, and I: my life, my pain, my sadness, my joy, my success, and my problem. None of that is you.
Our modern society is riddled with stress, pain, depression, and new illnesses named with acronyms. This is the result of all these things taking over.
So, what is self-improvement? It's you becoming conscious of these internal elements trying to control and overpower you. It's realizing that you're not your emotions, your brain, your pain, or your body. It's learning to let those be. It's knowing that your wild mind throwing constant thoughts and worries at you will never truly stop and that you don't have to interact with it. It's also learning that there isn't a day where you'll be done learning, will know everything, or will no longer be afraid. It's knowing that all of this is OK! Your journey is to learn to shed these layers that cover who you are and that all human beings are going through the same thing. Life is just life, it's not your life. You're here and you're becoming better than you were the day before.
I find that a lot of people misinterpreted Matthew McConahay's Academy Award acceptance speech. He said that his hero is himself in ten years. Some considered that it was pretentious and selfish. Well, on the contrary, it's him wanting to self-improve and be less handicapped by these internal anchors, worries, and constant thoughts. Wanting to be better than you are today is not selfish. It's the opposite. It's you wanting to be less ego-centred, less focused on your booboos, and help the world by being your best self. This speech is inspiring.
So what's the point of going on a self-improvement path if it's never over? Shedding these layers is liberating. You'll be a lot less concerned with emotions, fear, and thoughts. You'll be able to make room for new knowledge and be able to become better at gymnastics and mathematics. ;) Illness and depression won't constantly be around the corner or have a hold on you. Fear won't stop you from living your dreams an purpose. Finally, by living your true purpose and being your true self, you'll serve the world a lot better.
Who Am I? I'm many things. I'm passionate about tons of stuff. I love travel. I love self-improvement. I'm a sucker for optimization, efficiency, and minimalism. I renewed with mathematics and science, those are so amazing. Astronomy and chemistry are just plain awesome! I'm a student, a mentor, a traveler, a learner, an artist, an animator, and Disney brings me tears of joy! I love to grow and I will never stop! So who am I? All that and everything else I have not discovered about myself yet. It's a never ending answer!
Qui suis je? Je suis beaucoup de choses. Je suis passionné des tonnes de trucs. J'adore voyager. J'adore la croissance personnelle. Je suis vendue à l'optimisation, l'efficacité et le minimalisme. J'ai renoué avec les mathématiques et les sciences, des mondes tout simplement incroyable. L'astronomie et la chimie sont tout simplement génial! Je suis étudiante, mentor, voyageuse, artiste, animatrice et Disney m'apporte des larmes de joie! J'aime me pousser à fond et je ne cesserai jamais! Alors, qui suis-je? Tout cela et tout le reste que je n'ai pas encore découvert de moi-même. C'est une réponse sans fin!