Balance Self-Improvement and Self-Acceptance

Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses

The most important thing, if you want to have success in life, is to invest in your own development, because all your achievements have the root in yourself. You are the agent who begin, continue and finish the goals of your life. The first step to begin self-improvement is to asses yourself, your abilities and skills and also your weaknesses.

Once you identified your strengths and weaknesses you have three options: self-improvement, self-acceptance and balancing these two.

Self-Improvement

Studies show that natural, inherited talent is irrelevant if you want to achieve excellence in the field you like most. All you need is hard work, practice and self improvement. Be aware though, the self improvement process may become a never ending loop if you try again and again to improve what can’t be changed. It even can burn you out if you don’t balance self-improvement and self-acceptance.

Self-Acceptance

In all our activities we need self-confidence in order to succeed. Without self-confidence we even don’t begin to do something, but to continue and finish what we began we need even more self-confidence. In order to have self-confidence you have to practice self-acceptance: an acceptance of yourself as you are. But an extreme self-acceptance can work against you if you accept as it is something that can be improved and changed. Be aware not to transform self-acceptance into laziness.

Balance Self-Improvement and Self-Acceptance

The best way on your growth path is to think deeply and make the difference between what can be changed and what can’t. Is foolish to try change what can’t be changed and to let as it is what can be changed. So a wise person balances improvement and acceptance: trying to improve what can be improved and accepting what can’t be changed.