When to self-improve yourself

I read this article earlier today, reflections on the consequences of the modern self-help culture. If self-improvement is a topic you follow, you might find it interesting.

As you all know, this is something I’m curious about. I like trying new habits, playing with how I structure my days, and I want to understand more about how my mind works. This summer my sister, somewhat tired of weird habits, told me that “if someone posted a study of how eating breakfast upside down was good for you, you’d try it”

Sounds like more hassle than I’d want for my breakfast routine, but sure, if the evidence was convincing enough, I might. But, here’s what I consider the key: I would try it if it made sense to me, and without being attached to the result. 

That means:

  • It has to be something I’m curious about right now. You can’t do everything at once, I usually experiment with 1-2 new things at a time. 
  • It has to work with my current priorities. I wouldn’t try a 5-day fast if I’m starting a new assignment, for example.
  • I commit to giving it a couple of weeks, but if it takes more than it gives, I’m fine with letting it go. At least for the time being - I can always pick it up again when it works better for me.

It’s a fine line between trying to be a better version of yourself and chasing a fantasy ideal, impossible to reach, bound to create discontent. The intention, your why, matters.