Many self-improvement texts offer sure way to higher performance and productivity which eventually leads to happier life. However, many of these wisdoms are empty in words without a defined framework that can be utilized in a meaningful manner. We offer for cornerstones of self-improvement that can serve as basis of your self-improvement philosophy. The first is relaxed discipline, especially towards yourself. In order to apply relaxed discipline, we need to be able to relax first. Next comes familiarization and habituation. It is easy to ask ourselves to assume new habits, but we are prone to resistance to such abrupt changes. Slowly adopting the habit and then repeating reinforcement steps is the key to successful change. Attention and concentration are perhaps one of the most valuable spiritual assets we have. There are many external stimuli attacking our attention and concentration, and fighting them off needs to be a conscious effort. Finally, compassion and forgiveness are incredibly empowering forces we have. They build resilience and nurture sense of self-worth.
- In childhood, we are wrongly lead to believe that disciplining oneself involves austerity, punishment and physical tension.
- Building new habits is hard, but familiarization effectively implements and reinforces a new habit.
- Concentration may be the most valuable asset we have as a person, but most of us are bad at attentiveness.
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