Sunday, November 3, 2013

Self-improvement & Success – Hand in Hand

Everything that happens to us happens in purpose. And sometimes, one thing
leads to another. Instead of locking yourself up in your cage of fears and crying
over past heartaches, embarrassment and failures, treat them as your teachers
and they will become your tools in both self-improvement and success.
Remember watching Patch Adams? It‟s one great film that will help you improve
yourself. Hunter “patch” Adams is a medical student who failed to make it
through the board exams. After months of suffering in melancholy, depression
and suicidal attempts – he decided to seek for medical attention and voluntarily
admitted himself in a psychiatric ward. His months of stay in the hospital led him
to meeting different kinds of people.
Sick people in that matter. He met a catatonic, a mentally retarded, a
schizophrenic and so on. Patch found ways of treating his own ailment and finally
realized he has to get back on track. He woke up one morning realizing that after
all the failure and pains he has gone through, he still want to become a doctor.
He carries with himself a positive attitude that brought him self-improvement and
success. He didn‟t only improved himself, but also the life of the people around
him and the quality of life. Did he succeed? Needless to say, he became the best
damn doctor his country has ever known.
So, when does self-improvement become synonymous with success? Where do
we start? Take these tips:
 Stop thinking and feeling as if you’re a failure, because you’re not.
How can others accept you if YOU can‟t accept YOU?
 When you see hunks and models on TV, think more on selfimprovement,
not self pitying. Self-acceptance is not just about having
nice slender legs, or great abs. Concentrate on inner beauty.
 When people feel so down and low about themselves, help them
move up. Don‟t go down with them. They‟ll pull you down further and both
of you will end up feeling inferior.
 The world is a large room for lessons, not mistakes. Don‟t feel stupid
and doomed forever just because you failed on a science quiz. There‟s
always a next time. Make rooms for self-improvement.
 Take things one at a time. You don‟t expect black sheep‟s to be goodytwo-
shoes in just a snap of a finger. Self-improvement is a one day at a
time process.
 Self-improvement results to inner stability, personality development
and SUCCESS. It comes from self-confidence, self appreciation and selfesteem.
 Set meaningful and achievable goals. Self-improvement doesn‟t turn
you to be the exact replica of Cameron Diaz or Ralph Fiennes. It hopes
and aims to result to an improved and better YOU.
 Little things mean BIG to other people. Sometimes, we don‟t realize
that the little things that we do like a pat on the back, saying “hi” or “hello”,
greeting someone “good day” or telling Mr. Smith something like “hey, I
love your tie!” are simple things that mean so much to other people. When
we‟re being appreciative about beautiful things around us and other
people, we also become beautiful to them.
 When you’re willing to accept change and go through the process of
self-improvement, it doesn’t mean that everyone else is. The world is
a place where people of different values and attitude hang out.
Sometimes, even if you think you and your best friend always like to do
the same thing together at the same time, she would most likely decline
an invitation for self-improvement.
We should always remember that there‟s no such thing as „over night success‟.
Its always a wonderful feeling to hold on to the things that you already have now,
realizing that those are just one of the things you once wished for. A very nice
quote says that, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” We are all
here to learn our lessons. Our parents, school teachers, friends, colleagues,
officemates, neighbors… they are our teachers. When we open our doors for
self-improvement, we increase our chances to head to the road of success.