Two false assumptions about improvement

Posted Apr 11, 2017 by Mathieu Chiasson

There are two negative reactions I often see when people talk about improving their life.

First is the assumption that people who wants to improve are unhappy with themselves. Improvement shouldn't be seen as an attempt to get ourselves out of an unwanted place. It's the joy of improving and getting better which makes humans happy. There's a sense of joy which comes out of accomplishments.

The second is the perception that people who wants to improve are weak or incompetent in that area. The worst thing about this one is that it's often self-directed. That's how we see ourselves. We engage in self talk resembling – If I need to improve my communication, it must mean that I suck at it. That's not the case so I don't need to improve. Maybe not in those words but in some form we convince ourselves that we're already good enough.

Good enough, is not your best.

Improving is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Sometimes it takes guts to admit you can improve in certain area but the reality is that everyone can improve in all areas of life. No one is perfect. You're not perfect. I'm not perfect.

Seek to improve continuously and live at your best.