3 Self-Improvement Ideas to
Be Skeptical Of
What do you think of when you hear the words “self-improvement”? Or “self-help”? Do those words carry a negative connotation with them?
Maybe that’s because you think self-improvement ideas are a bunch of hooey. Maybe you think the people who seek self-help are hopeless losers. Or, maybe you’ve found yourself investing a lot of time, money, and hope into a self-improvement idea that ended up failing you, and you feel like you were duped.
If you’re nodding your head along to anything I’ve said so far, take heart in the fact that you’re not alone. There are definitely some unscrupulous gurus out there selling self-improvement ideas that just don’t work. But . . .
There are even more amazing people out there who want to share the lessons they’ve learned with you — so that you can learn from their mistakes — so that you can improve together. That’s why you don’t need to abandon your self-improvement goals. You just need to make sure you’re seeking support and encouragement in the right places.
So how can you tell the difference? How do you know what self-improvement ideas to be skeptical of? Here are 3 clues:
- Quick fixes – True self-improvement (or personal development, as I call it) takes time. There’s no quick and easy way to change your habits, thoughts, and behaviors. While a quick fix might give you some short-term results, what happens in the long run? We all know the answer — you fall back into your old habits. Been there. Done that. So, be skeptical of any self-improvement ideas that promise quick and easy results.
- One-size-fits-all solutions – Personal development is just that — personal! Just because a self-improvement idea worked for someone else doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you. If you’re not seeing results, it doesn’t mean you did anything wrong. It doesn’t mean you didn’t follow the program to a T. It just means those ideas weren’t meant for you. Be skeptical of any self-improvement ideas that try to convince you otherwise.
Keep scrolling for the 3rd clue, which I think is the most revealing one of all.
The Third Clue To
Look Out For
3. Insecurity boosters – Be extra skeptical of any self-improvement idea that preys upon your insecurities and intensifies them. You know the ones I’m talking about. The ones that tell you X will make you skinnier, better looking, smarter, richer, etc. These ideas can leave you feeling worse about yourself than you did before you stumbled across them.
A legit self-improvement idea should encourage you to accept yourself where you are, first and foremost. Then, you can move on to facing your insecurities, gaining an understanding of them, and working on letting them go.
It won’t be quick. It’s not something everyone can do. But, it’s the only way to begin a self-improvement journey of any kind!
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Take a screenshot to easily access these 3 self-improvement ideas that are clues to remain skeptical.
- Quick fixes. There’s no quick and easy way to change habits.
- One-size-fits-all solutions. Just because it worked for someone else doesn’t mean it will work for you. But keep trying!
- Insecurity boosters. A legit self-improvement idea should encourage you to accept yourself where you are.
HOW THE EXPECTATION GAPS WORKS
You have a knot in your stomach telling you that something is missing from your life, but you don’t know what it is. On the surface, you have everything you could ever want. Yet . . .
You’re frustrated…overwhelmed…”crazy busy”…burned out…unfulfilled…
I'VE BEEN THERE!
That’s why I’ve been focused on living with intention and becoming a Deliberate Thinker for ~ 10 years.
I want to help you with your journey by sharing mine.
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