When you look at someone who is young, energetic, fit, and successful, do you say to yourself, “I wish I could be younger”, or “I wish I could be as rich and successful as he is”? Or do you tell yourself, “If he can do it, so can I”? And then feel inspired and do it?
No matter what you want to achieve in life and no matter where you are right now, whether you are broke or overweight, you can have the success you desire. But you must commit to one thing, which self-improvement.
I like the quote from George Bernard Shaw:
“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
If you want to make a real change in your life, you must start by changing your minds – change the way you think.
When you change your thinking, your actions will change. And when your actions changed, your results will be different.
And personal development starts with you.
Regardless of your goals and dreams, you can achieve them if you are willing to work improving yourself.
Even if you are in a bad position right now. Even if you are broke and are in debts, you can still make it financially. But first, you must choose to do better than you were yesterday.
“If an egg is broken by an outside force, life ends. If broken by an inside force, life begins. Great things always begin from inside.”
Just like the eggs, either you are broken by the pressure from the outside that you face every day, or you develop yourself on the inside and create a new life.
The choice is yours.
I’m here to tell you that everything you want is within your grasp. As long as you are willing to improve yourself, develop yourself, upgrade yourself, and become better each day, you can achieve.
Here are 7 important reasons why you must improve yourself on a daily basis:
1. No one else is responsible for your results and success
Yes, no one else is responsible for what you want and no one else can do it for you but yourself.
Think about it, you can attend a seminar, get a coach, learn from a mentor, but at the end of the day, the one who needs to take the actions is you.
Nobody can do your push-ups for you. If you want to lose weight, you need to work out, exercise, and follow a diet plan. Nobody can do that for you. You can’t hire someone to do exercise or eat the fruits you bought.
You are the only person who is responsible for your own success and results.
Therefore, stop blaming and don’t make excuses. You are who you are right now because of your own decisions and actions.
And because nobody is responsible for your results, you must work on yourself to become the person who you want to be.
So, you want to live a successful life and make all your dreams come true? Then, you must be willing to improve yourself and work for it.
2. Improving yourself is the only way to get better
The only way to become better and greater is by consistently improving yourself. You see, if you keep doing what you have always done, you will be getting the same old results you have always gotten.
If you want change, you must upgrade yourself. You must do something different.
“If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.”
What you know now can only get you so far. And if you want to go farther, you must improve your knowledge, upgrade your skills, and develop better characters.
Successful people don’t become successful accidentally or because they are lucky. They are successful because of their experience and what they have gone through.
The more hardships they have gone through, the more experience they gained. The more experience they have, the better they become and the more they can achieve.
Thus, if you want to become better and achieve greater success in life, you must commit to constant-and-never-ending improvement.
Read, listen, watch, and most important of all, do. Take action and execute. Go through the process so that you will develop the skills and gain the necessary experience to become someone better.
3. Shortcut your learning curve and increase your odds to success
Yes, you can shortcut your learning curve and increase your probability of achieving success if you work on improving yourself consistently.
It’s like exams in schools. If you are prepared and study for it, you can get a higher score. But if you are not prepared and you don’t study for the subject, your chances of passing the exam will be low.
The same principle applies to life. If you are constantly preparing yourself and upgrading your skills and knowledge, when an opportunity landed, you can fly with it.
Of course, the more experienced and the better you have prepared, the easier you can spot an opportunity.
Some people are able to build a million-dollar business in a year because they understand that there is a formula to success. And they just need to follow the formula and replicate the strategies of other successful business and they too can build a million-dollar business.
On the other hand, there are also people who don’t prefer to learn, and they prefer to do things their own way. And guess what, it will take them longer to reach the success they desire. And most likely, they are going to hit roadblocks along the way and some will quit and give up on their business.
No matter what kind of success or results you want to achieve in life, someone has already done it before. And you just need to learn from those who have done it and then replicate their success. And of course, you want to avoid their mistakes too.
4. Personal development unleashes your greatness within
You can never know how good you are until you do it, right? There is no point to think about your potential because you will never know how much you can achieve until you do it.
And when you commit to personal development, you are unleashing your inner potential.
The more you improve yourself, the more possibilities you create for yourself.
A lot of people are living in mediocrity because they doubt their own ability. They are too afraid to take action and to venture into the unknown.
Everyone has dreams, but not everyone dares to follow their hearts and pursue their dreams.
Mark Twain said it perfectly:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Don’t repeat a year of your life for 75 times and call it life. You are meant to be extraordinary. You are destined for big success.
Arnold Schwarzenegger said in his speech, “What is the point of being on this earth if you are going to be like everyone else?”
How can you tell if you are a butterfly and not a caterpillar? Well, you can’t. The only way to know how good you can be is to do it.
Of course, if you choose to do it, you will transform yourself. You will go through metamorphosis, transforming from caterpillar to the beautiful butterfly.
5. Self-improvement is compulsory if you want to be successful
Self-improvement is necessary if you want to achieve great success in life. Without improving yourself, you can only go so far.
“The size of the problem is never the issue, what matters is the size of you.”
Many people think that they can’t handle success because it is such a big and bold thing. But it has nothing to do with success, it has everything to do with you.
If you are small, your problems will be big. If you are big, the same problem that was once big will be small.
It depends on the size of you. Here’s what Tony Robbins wrote in his best-selling book, Awaken the Giant Within:
“I’ll never forget the first time I met architect and hotel magnate Chris Hemmeter. Becky and I had the privilege of being among the first people to be invited to visit Chris’s new home, along with his family, in Hawaii—a $70 million residence that is beyond verbal description. The front door alone cost $1 million to create.
While your rules may say, “That’s an incredible waste of money,” it was also an unbelievably expanding experience of what is possible in terms of business or economic growth.
Suddenly, my $4 million Castle was put in perspective. It barely covered the cost of his front door and marble stairway! Certainly, there was room in my life for thinking bigger, pushing limits, imagining the unimaginable.”
See? It’s not about the issue, it’s about you and the way you think.
If you are earning $5,000 a month, making $20,000 may seem like a huge amount. But if you are already earning $100,000 a month, making $20,000 will not be a big amount.
Do you get it? It has everything to do with you.
And this is why you must work on improving yourself if you want to be extraordinary and achieve amazing success in life.
6. Make an impact and leave your legacy
As what Kevin Kruse said, “Life is about making an impact, not making an income.” If you want to help more people, first, you must help yourself.
If you want to help the poor, then don’t be one. And this is why self-improvement is important. You want to improve and develop yourself to become better.
Once you have helped yourself and get yourself out of the problem, it is time to turn to others and help them.
The improvement allows you to become an inspiration to others and serve as a role model. Think about it, why do people want to work in big and successful companies like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft?
Well, because these companies have a strong vision and they are striving to improve the quality of lives. These companies are constantly evolving and improving themselves. They are trying to make an impact and help the community, society, and upgrading the quality of life.
Hence, work on improving yourself. Serve as a role model to inspire others. And more importantly, always give back to the world.
7. Because why not?
Why do you need to improve yourself? The better question to ask is why not. Why do you want to stay stagnant in life? Why don’t you improve?
If you read this article up to this point, I’m sure you will agree that self-improvement is important. There are all benefits and pros in personal development, but are there any negative side of improvement?
Yes, only one – it’s going to be hard.
Improving yourself isn’t easy. You need to work harder than most people, strive for improvement, and put in extra effort to get to a higher level.
However, you have to understand that if you don’t strive to improve yourself, you will face difficulties in your future life too. You’ll regret that you didn’t go all out when you have capabilities. You’ll live in mediocrity and blame yourself for not following your heart.
Either way, you have to pay the price. Either you suffer the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The choice is yours.
Start with your dreams and goals
By now, you should have understood the importance of constantly improving yourself. But, where should you start?
The answer can be simple – set goals.
Find out what you want to achieve, improve, and work relentlessly toward that direction.
Here’s a guide to help you in setting and achieving your goals: Goal Setting Formula.