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When people speak of self-improvement, they may be thinking about improving the raw material they came into the world with or about creating a better self.
Yet what is the self anyway? Ask 10 people, and you're likely to get 10 different answers.
Practically speaking, self-improvement is about how we do life. It involves trading in negative or ineffective habits for those that work better. We upgrade our habits of thought, communication or behavior so life feels and works better.
Our habits can be deeply ingrained. Sometimes to change them we need the help of a professional counselor.
By upgrading our life habits or skills, we do not necessarily improve our self. Instead, we reveal to the world more of our authentic self. This happens because our ineffective behaviors are often adopted at an early age to protect us. By dropping our shields, we become more visible.
Although being more visible to others might sound scary, in our heart of hearts we all want to be seen and acknowledged.
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