I always believed that a person should not stop improving, no matter what his age or stage in life is. Even if you are an expert in your chosen field or own a hugely successful business, there are still other aspects of your life that you can improve on. It can be changing a bad habit, creating a good habit, becoming healthier, growing your spirituality, improving your social relationships, developing your communication skills, changing your mindset… the list can go on and on. And having a goal to work towards just makes life more interesting. So where do we actually begin?
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” – Aristotle
I do believe that self-improvement begins with self-awareness. This means being aware of your strengths, weaknesses, emotions, and thoughts, and looking at them objectively. When you become self-aware, you start catching yourself when something triggers your emotions. You start asking why you feel, think, or behave a certain way.
What does this have to do with self-improvement? In order to develop, we must first know what the gaps are in order to achieve our aspired future self. If you are self-aware, you know your weaknesses and where you can improve on, as well as your strengths that you can expand and develop. You can’t fix what you don’t know and a person cannot change if they are not ready to change. The saying “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear” comes to mind. And the first step to get ready is to be aware. Having said that, keep in mind that it’s just the beginning. Self-improvement is a journey, so go and take that first step.