Self Improvement is an integral part of the personal development plan. People are increasingly becoming aware of the essential role played by the “self “in improving the quality of a one’s life. Lately, a great deal of work has been done by career counsellors and trainers in helping people in their self improvement efforts. There are a variety of lectures, seminars, training workshops and certificate courses on self improvement being offered by companies, universities and HR consultancies alike.

In order to work out a self improvement plan one needs to use the subconscious part of his mind for changing his behavior and habits and this is solely possible through visualization and observation of the surroundings. This exercise can be tedious and requires significant levels of patience, time, effort, motivation and the desire to improve a personality and help increase the self confidence of the person.

Self Improvement tips


It is not always necessary to do something through the help of others. Self Improvement is one such task that can be performed individually. A few general yet practical instructions to follow for self improvement exercise can be:

1) Observe:  Smart people learn a lot from observing others. Try to look around like family, work colleagues, friends, people in the super market, on the bus stops or airport and see how they interact with others and behave. Watch TV to see how celebrities talk or how your favorite characters act in movies. This will help you realize the negative and the positive behaviors along with the consequences.

2) Listen: While observing try to listen to conversations, how people talk and express themselves in different situations. Some people shout when angry, others talk rudely, some just don’t want to talk. Try to listen and observe what happens when people shout, or don’t talk at all. Figure out what you do and what consequences each behavior has.

3) Analyze: When you observe and listen to different things then you are able to have your opinions. When you don’t like something happening in front of you then try to analyze why you are feeling bad about this behavior? Do you do the same and are feeling guilty about it? Be honest when you analyze as this will shape half of your inner self.

4) Copy Cat: sometimes there is no harm in copying others. If you see someone with good behaviors and manners and want to be like him, go ahead and try to copy him but make sure you are changing your behaviors from the inner self and not just copying others for popularity and show-off.

5) Decision Making: Now that you are able to observe, listen, analyze and differentiate between the good behaviors and the negative ones, you can make decision regarding your self. Try to know your strengths and weaknesses and work on how you can make your self better for the world and for your own satisfaction also.

6) The Failure Anxiety: Generally, when you try to explore yourself you get to know so much that you start hating yourself and end in depressions and anxiety. You need to control this and be motivated and positive to changes. Keep reminding yourself constantly about the ultimate goal you will achieve by self improvement so that you don’t lose hope.

If a person is able to know his strengths and weaknesses, his positive and negative behaviors and is able to cope up with it, changing from a negative to a positive side of life without the help of consultants and personality development techniques that there is nothing better in the world. Alternatively self improvement is a continous exercise and should not be feared off.