Recently, I’ve been browsing questions on Quora to see what people were asking and I cam across an interestingly popular question which is the title of this post. The short answer to that question is : No, self-improvement doesn’t mean that you’re not yourself anymore.
Here’s what I mean. When I read a bunch of questions that were basically asking the same thing, I realised something : the people who were asking them had a wrong idea about what self-improvement means.
Let’s be clear, self-improvement doesn’t mean sharing cheezy quotes on social media to appear like you’re wise and cool.
I think the reason this question is so popular is the fact that a lot of people just come to you and say “be positive” or “never give up” without an actual advice to do that. When hearing stuff like that too many times, it may seem like that’s what self-improvement is, a bunch of fancy words without practical use.
All humans have a certain mindset, a way of thinking. Self-improvement simply means developing your way of thinking so that you can get the best outcome possible.
It doesn’t mean that you’re pretending to be someone who’s perfect or better than yourself. It doesn’t mean that you’re always faking that “positive attitude” or any other stereotype.
Real personal development means upgrading the way you think to reach your desired outcome, and that means being yourself and improving your mindset at the same time. Why should there be any conflict here ? The first step to improve anything is to accept its current state.
Same with you. The first step to improve yourself as a person is to acknowledge who you are, and then start working on yourself.
I hope this answers the question.
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