Most of us probably don’t think we need self-improving. Sure we have the odd bad day, but nothing to write home about we tell ourselves. Occasionally we mess up big time, but we remain standing, and we are quick to tell ourselves it will not happen again – until next time. Sure we could do with a bit more – income, money, love, wealth, happiness – but then who doesn’t? It’s the way of the world. Right?
I’m sure you are getting the picture. We are seriously good at making excuses for our failings. It’s a default human reaction when things don’t go our way; it is someone else’s fault or its the way things are.
Nature dictates – we have no say, like leaves in the swirling autumn wind, destined to be blown here, there and everywhere.
But is that really so? It is certainly not the mindset of successful people. They know and accept that they are not flawless and work tirelessly to improve how they see and negotiate the world. They prep their minds for success.
A simple dictionary definition of ‘self-improvement’ is: ‘the study and practice of improving our knowledge, wellbeing, character and status by our own efforts’. The key phrase is ‘by our own efforts’. This is not something they usually teach at schools, colleges or universities. This is all down to you. What you can do for yourself. Your part of the deal of being part of society.
For most things you are helped, taught and told what to do. But with self-improvement or self-help – with unleashing the full potential of your mind and its awesome powers – it is almost always left to you. I totally buy that. It’s your mind, your job, your responsibility. Do you honestly expect others to make you a rich, happy billionaire?
SO IS IT WORTH RE-CONFIGURING YOUR MIND FOR SUCCESS?
Do nothing and you keep chugging along, failing to meet your full potential and blaming others or nature. Perhaps you think that’s cool. It’s your life, right? But what about the others that depend on you – family, children, parents, friends, team mates, employees and others? By self-improving, can you help them more – provide them with more of the good things in life; things they really, really want and really, really need?
THE IDEA THAT WE CAN SHAPE OUR MIND TO IMPROVE OUR LIFE, HEALTH, WORK, INCOME WEALTH, HAPPINESS OR SPIRITUALITY IS NOT SOMETHING NEW-FANGLED, WAY-OUT OR WEIRD.
First of all, I am sure you have heard the everyday phrase “It’s all in the mind”. Everyday phrases are not everyday phrases for nothing. For me they reflect the collective wisdom of humanity from the dawn of civilisation. The seventeenth century poet John Milton wrote:
“The mind is its own place and in itself can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.”
American self-success guru Napoleon Hill, who has reportedly sold over 20 million copies of his book ‘Think and Grow Rich’, wrote:
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe the mind can achieve.”
Another self-help titan Tony Robbins has said:
“The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment.”
For me uber rich guys like Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg are more successful than the average Joe or Josephine not because they have better brains, but because they use their brains better.
My contemporary take on the whole thing is simple. Put your mind to anything and you have a great chance of doing it; more so now than at any other time in human history. One thing is certain, if you don’t try to do something, you’re not going to do it. Duh!
So what’s your position? What do you want? Love, wealth, happiness? Do you want it that much to reboot your mind for the success you desire?
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