You’re pretty awesome. You have achieved greatness in so many areas of your life—career, family, community, and beyond. But just because you can look back and be proud of your accomplishments doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t strive for continuous improvement.
We all have work to do.
According to a study cited in Scientific American, most people believe that they are above average, a statistical impossibility. The above average effects, as they are called, are common. For example, 93 percent of drivers rate themselves as better than the median driver. Of college professors, 94 percent say that they do above-average work.
While this may not apply to you, we do tend to see ourselves in a bright light, despite the fact that we may be battling our each day. This bright light doesn’t always translate to actions but may translate into illusions of invincibility. For example, are you someone who neglects your own physical and emotional needs in order to care for others? Do you strive to push through pain or exhaustion simply to prove that you can?? This tendency to “be above average” in resiliency is also cited in the study and can be detrimental to one’s health.
According to self-improvement motivator, and author, Stephanie Sterling, instead of resting in disillusionment, strive for continuous improvement, starting with self-awareness.
“People can become more self-aware by first learning who they are in this world and tapping into their purpose,” she says. “We must take the time to heal and grow. This will require continuous effort and the ability to spend time by yourself.”
Another area she suggests exploring is confidence. Stephanie recommended finding the correct balance in recognizing capabilities, acknowledging areas of improvement, and invoking self-love.
“Levels of confidence can be improved by healing from past traumas,” cites Stephanie. “Speaking positive affirmations to yourself daily. Having a strong relationship with God which will in return help you learn yourself. Surrounding yourself with people who are uplifting and positive. Giving yourself compliments. Working on the things about yourself you want to change.”
In her book, Fatherless Success, she shares her own story about continuous improvement and uses it as a tool with her clients and audience to inspire their own walk towards success.
“Remember, continuous improvement is a journey,” says Stephanie. “There is no one stop shop here. Give yourself grace on your journey because seasons change and so will you. Whether it is small or big, show up for yourself each day aiming to be a better version of yourself. Self-improvement matters because it helps you get to the next level for yourself and others in your life. It allows you to release toxic behaviors and become the best version of yourself.”
She highly recommends taking time for thoughtful consideration on what areas you need to work on and slowing down or taking a break when needed. If the healer isn’t well, then how can you heal and inspire greatness in others?
“I’m a self-improvement motivator,” reminds Stephanie. “When it comes to continuous improvement, I truly believe that Self-Love is the key!”
Image Courtesy of Stephanie Sterling