Monday, November 21, 2011

Self Improvement: Easy Self Improvement Pt 2

Keeping a diary supports personal developmentImage by m-c via FlickrBy Stephen P Marshall

Following on from the last post on self-improvement, I continue to talk about how we can make it as easy as possible for us as individuals to improve ourselves and develop as a human being.

Easy isn't a word widely used in the description of self-improvement and personal development, if it were easy, every last person we know would be 100% happy with all aspects of their lives.

Statistically the percentage of adults who have improved themselves and grown through personal development to a point where their lives are very successful is more in the region of single figure percentage. Why do I say that?

Take wealth and wealthy people, they actually only make up about 5% of the world's population. Small number isn't it! So unfortunately there are no short cuts or fast measures we can take to help us in our journey of personal growth and self-improvement.

What we can do is understand what factors affect us in our quest for the knowledge of improvement. As mentioned in Part 1, knowing yourself is a key element. This post refers to the importance of knowing others:


This is another element that you can do to aid you in your quest for self-improvement. Why do I feel we should make the effort to understand and know others? Once you truly know and can unravel yourself, then you are in a far better position to see what other people contribute to the relationship.

We meet and befriend many people throughout our lives, not all of them however will add value to it. Understanding personalities and character traits of others will allow you to recognise their strengths and weaknesses. You will be able to learn what each of you bring and if it is compatible and conducive to your wishes, dreams and goals for self-improvement and personal growth.

Learning to understand who can actually aid you in your journey of self-improvement is important, the cold hard truth is, that some people you meet will not add any real value to your life, they may actually detract from you and your dreams and aspirations. You have all heard of the saying, ' some people can suck the life right out of a room by just walking into it '.

Don't get me wrong here, I am not saying to you that you must choose your friends and discard the rest. What I am saying however, is that to grow as a person and to make self-improvement as easy a path to walk as possible, then it is imperative and so important to pick friends who genuinely compliment you on your journey.

Another important aspect of knowing others is that statistically we become the average of the five people who we spend most of our time with. If we think about that and say ok if this is true, then you realise how important it is to know others. To help yourself and to give you the greatest and best opportunity to succeed in your journey of self-improvement and personal development, you must understand others and what they bring.

You must know yourself well enough to be able to make sensible choices with friendships so that others will compliment you, help you and share with you, not hinder your progress and desires for a better life and more importantly a better you.

Stephen Marshall has a passion for personal development. It is an area he has been working tirelessly on for 2 years. Improving himself in every aspect of his life, not only to help him lead a happier and more fulfilled life, but also to help other reach their potential in what ever area that may be. Confidence is a recurring theme that he has learnt plays such a significant role in personal development. For more information about Stephen and his views please visit

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