Myth 1- You Bloom Where You Are Planted
It is a common belief that just because you are born into a certain culture, in a certain country, in a certain body and into a certain lifestyle that you have to live that way for the rest of your life.
This is in fact very far from the truth. How and where you are born does not mean that you need to stay that way and accept it for being your destiny. Life is what you make of it and as long as you are healthy and free, anything is possible.
Myth 2- Self Improvement Means Making Big Change
Some people think that self improvement means going from total failure to overnight success.
This kind of belief is very deterring to making any changes to get better in areas of your life. That jump in success and skill is way too big and in reality is hardly ever happens. Self improvement starts by making tiny little changes, taking it step-by-step and day by day. You may not even notice any visible results for weeks, but over time your efforts will reward you with the kind of big change that you wanted right from the start.
Myth 3- We Must Spend Fortunes On Self Help Material
Many people think that self help is very expensive because you need to buy all sorts of books, videos, courses and seminars.
To get better at something can be very cheap. If you are willing to do the research and do enough digging, it is amazing how many free resources there are for any area that you want to improve in. If you do not have a lot of money to spend to get better at something, seach the internet, go to your local library or find a mentor. One of the best ways to learn is to find someone who is already successful at what you want to achieve. If you cannot pay them in currency, maybe you can compensate them in some other form and repay them by doing something else for them.
Myth 4- Self Improvement Is for Losers
It is a common myth that if you need self help that there is something wrong with you. Trying to improve yourself by reading and studying and doing makes you a loser.
The total opposite is true. By knowing and admitting your weakness, and by actively setting out to do something about them, you are courageous and deserve respect. It is usually the people who believe this myth who end up living their lives below par.
Myth 5 – “I’ve Tried Self Improvement, It Doesn’t Work!”
It is commonly believed that by reading a few self help books and listening to a few ‘gurus’ that all your problems will instantly go away and you will become a champion at any area you have chosen to improve upon.
This could not be more false. Self improvement is hard work. It often requires weeks, months or years to really get better in an area of your choice. That being said, with hard work, dedication and persistance, it is possible to improve any area in your life with dramatic results. Just be prepared to be in it for the long haul. Self improvement is a constant journey of setting course for your goals and adjusting yoruself when you deviate off course.
Myth 6- Self Improvement Is All Just About Postive Thinking
Just by thinking positively and visualizing where you want to be, you will automatically become much better at things over time.
Positive thinking definitely a part of self improvement. For some people it is a big component and for others it is less important. However, you do not get incredible results just by thinking about making the improvements. You need to take action and make the change happen. Often you will make mistakes, you will fail, you will stumble and fall. It is up to you to keep going and not give up, to get up when you fall and dust yourself off. Learn from your mistakes and remember that a failure is not a failure until you give up trying completely.
Myth 7 – The Motivation Does Not Last
Certain people believe that self improvement is pointless because it is only a temporary solution. Any changes brought about by self help resources eventually revert back to their former self.
At times it can be hard to keep motivated. Some of us are not self-motivated and getting temporarily motivated by something or someone else is the first step towards becoming self-motivated. Sometimes that is exactly the nudge we need to get ourselves into action. The point of self improvement is to change our bad habits or adopt new ones. A habit is automatic, so once we create it, it is there to stay. For good.
Myth 8- Self Improvement Does Not Work For Everybody
Some people believe that self improvement is only possible for a certain number of people and it is not something that is going to work for them at all.
Similarly to myth 5, myth 8 is a self-limiting belief that people have. It is an excuse that our Lizzard brains (read Linchpin – Seth Godin) have created in order for us to stay in our comfort zone and not venture into the unknown by attempting to get better at certain things. Anybody can get better at anything. Some people may take longer and may find it harder, but with determination and enough practice, anybody can get better.
Myth 9- Medication Is The Only Solution For Many Psychological & Physical Problems
It is commonly believed that doctors and experts know exactly how to cure many psychological and physical problems and that the medication they often prescribe is the only solution to these problems we have.
Medication usually only treats the sypmtoms and not the cause of the problem. Besides that, most medication is unnatural and bad for the body. Alternative healing methods like accupuncture and EFT have shown incredible results in treating both physical and psychological problems without the use of any medication whatsoever. (*Note: I am not a doctor and this is not meant as a cure for a problem you may have. If you are seriously ill, don’t hesitate to see a doctor. My view against most medication is just how I personally want to live my life because I truly believe that most of it is bad for the body, and when I can prevent it I will rather opt for a natural solution through rest, diet or EFT).
Myth 10 – Self Improvement Is Boring
There are people who believe self improvement is boring. That you have to read long books with scientific studies, or listen to so-called gurus who preach about things they do not even apply in their own lives.
Self improvement is what you make of it. Personally I think that it is loads of fun. Researching things and finding ways to get better at something. Applying new habits to get more success. Connecting with like-minded people or finding mentors. There is so much to learn and the chances are big that some very interesting opportunities will come your way as you embark on your journey of improving certain areas of your life.
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