“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We are in a very interesting time globally due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The world is no longer the same we were used to. And with this pandemic has come a lot of negativity and uncertainty. Last week we spoke about what to do during times of isolation and social distancing. This week we would like to dig deeper and address what I believe is a fundamental human need. Self improvement during these times of isolation.
So why is self improvement so important, or what is it? Self-Improvement is defined as:
‘the improvement of one’s knowledge, status or character by one’s own efforts’.
Therefore it is a continuous process that cycles through our lives allowing us to maximise the tools and skills we have at our disposal at any particular moment. If we ever consider ourselves to be the finished article and feel we no longer need to learn, we are highly unlikely to fulfil our true purpose. Instead it is necessary to constantly re-assess ourselves with brutal honesty or risk failure.
However the key to this is not to analyse one area of our lives in isolation but instead all areas in a holistic manner. This is because there are clear links between various areas of our lives. If one area such as our health suffers, then its probable that our career and thus finances will suffer too. Similarly if we are having trouble at work, it would be unsurprising if our relationships suffered too. Now at this time that people are in isolation or social distancing I believe this is the best time to assess and work on these areas.
Instead of focusing on the negative information all over the media about the virus. You could use this time to better yourself. Studies have already shown that the constant barrage of coronavirus news will raise people’s anxiety levels and pretty much instil fear. Use this time to visualise these key areas in your life and see where you can make the necessary adjustments.
I usually look at these areas as gauges with fuel in them. If I keep them all at the right level, everything is fine and I am fuelled to go. However if one gauge loses too much fuel, all the others begin to empty too. Those gauges have the following names,
- Love and Relationships
- Health and Fitness
- Money and Finance
- Career and Life Purpose
The reason I am confident that these are the areas which we need to focus on when it comes to Self Improvement is because they form the core of our purpose when recovering from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and subsequently re-building our lives. This has worked for me and I am sure it can work for you too. These gauges were the key components I wrote about in my book World War You – How To Overcome Yourself. You can have a read here for more tips on self improvement.
No body can say that they don’t need to improve in some area of their lives and even now, I know I can’t take anything for granted. With all that is currently happening the best is to keep thinking positively and planning for the future. It would be like building a car and driving it until the wheels fell off if you do not take time to re-evaluate where you are in life. You wouldn’t do that, you take it for services, repair things when needed and keep it well maintained. There’s no difference. We must do the same for ourselves. And there is no better time than this with no usual distractions from sports, clubs, pubs and restaurants. This is the best time to have a no BS conversation with yourself and loved ones to see which of your gauges need refuelling.
Ultimately, this allows us to achieve far greater goals than if we just wing it and hope for the best. The beauty of this system is that it’s all there for you. You just work through it either as an individual or with a partner or family, and as long as you can be brutally honest, you’ll find the answers you’ve always been looking for.
As we navigate this time, lets keep perspective and believe for the best. Together we will beat this, keep yourself and others safe. Lets use this time for self improvement so that when this is all over we can pick up the pieces and soldier on. Lets Go!
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