True Self-Improvement

It’s easy to see the flaws in other people.

You have a friend that would be killing it… if only they would put in a little more effort.

Or you have a parent who would be so much better off if they would stop worrying all the time about everything.

Or you strike up a conversation with a rando-person and notice exactly the things they could improve.

It’s harder to see the flaws in ourselves.

We don’t see ourselves from the outside perspective. We don’t know what we don’t know.

What’s easy for you to solve might be difficult for me, because we’ve experience life in different ways through different experiences.

Although, I think people growing up today with social media might have a better sense of it, but not in a good way. Everything is styled and curated. If something’s wrong, they notice.

But they don’t use it to try to improve themselves (or learn to accept their flaws as a part of what makes them who they are). Instead, we see waves of self-loathing and anxiety.

It’s alright to be flawed. No one is flawless. Even the people that tell/show us they are. We all have things we are great at and things we need to work on.

Be a work in progress. If you don’t like something about yourself, then change it. If you want to be better, then be better. You are a blank canvas waiting to be painted and repainted. You can change. And you can change your mind over time too.

And if you want to help others, begin by helping yourself. Take the lead. Live the example first. Don’t just shout advice like you have a clue what you are talking about when you don’t. Advise on what you do know, or examples of who does.

When I’m looking for inputs — information/knowledge/content/things we consume — I’m looking for things that will expand me.

What can I do/see/experience that will examine my perception of the world and in so doing my ability to create and impact my corner of the world?

In essence, what can I take in that will make me a better person?

How can I use X to add more meaning in my life and in so doing the people I care about? And what are the meaningless things I can remove?

True self-improvement begins with knowing yourself—good and bad—and taking that knowledge and building up systems and practices to grow into a better person.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1800 🎉

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