By: Ken Austin
The only way to keep up with the latest about self improvement is to constantly stay on the lookout for new information. If you read everything you find about self improvement, it won't take long for you to become an influential authority.
Self improvement is being discussed by so many people these days that it’s almost impossible to hold an hour long conversation with a person without the subject coming up, in one form or another, at least once. When it does arise, the others in the conversation are sure to join in with their own advice or stories of pursuit of self improvement.
Self improvement can come in many forms. Yet the basics of this are simple. First, have a routine. Routine is the foundation of self improvement as everything else in your life –the “superstructure” is dependant upon the stability of day to day accomplishment that routine provides.
This daily accomplishment is the more pedestrian, less exciting aspects of our life, like doing laundry, going to work, taking care of the kids, maintaining the car, you know this part. It is only when this routine has become a stable, dependable program in your life that the fireworks and spaceships can appear in healthy way.
Another great self improvement aspect is simplicity. If life is just too hectic, too frenetic, or just plain tiring, it’s time to say “no” to others more often, to stop volunteering for so much, and get some peace of mind.
Every day a person should know peace of mind for at least half an hour –an hour, preferably. And this doesn’t include the time you lay your head on the pillow to sleep. Sleep is for recovery, relaxation is about reflection, a calming of the body without going into outright sleep. Try meditation, it’s proving to be one of the most outstanding forms of self improvement known.
Truthfully, the only difference between you and self improvement experts is time. If you'll invest a little more time in reading, you'll be that much nearer to expert status when it comes to self improvement.
In the western arena there is boxing (which even Bruce Lee commented on as being one of the 3 greatest fighting forms by his estimation). There is Savate, a French fighting form, and –yes, surprisingly, Fencing. Even some of the leg stances utilized in fencing are exactly the same as some of the forward lunges used in Karate.
The point to all of this is that martial arts will not only teach you to be able to defend yourself, but will aid you in gaining control of yourself, emotionally, by instilling control and self-confidence, and providing an excellent form of exercise.
There are of course many other sources of self improvement. The main thing to remember is that it is up to you and no one else, to make the changes in your life that you see fit. We have free choice in our lives, and freedom to choose is everything. What could be more important?
Those who only know one or two facts about self improvement can be confused by misleading information. The best way to help those who are misled is to gently correct them with the truths you're learning here.