Let's define self-improvement. The definition of self-improvement is pretty self-explanatory: Self-improvement is the improvement of one's knowledge, status, or character by one's own efforts. It's the quest to make ourselves better in any and every facet of life.Self-improvement almost always starts with self-awareness and the ability to transform your habits.We often lie to ourselves about the progress we are making on important goals. We use lukewarm phrases like, “I'm doing well with the time I have available.” Or, “I've been trying really hard recently.” Rarely do these statements include any type of hard measurement. They are usually just soft excuses that make us feel better about having a goal that we haven't made much real progress toward. If you're serious about getting better at something, then one of the first steps is to know—in black-and-white terms—where you stand. You need self-awareness before you can achieve self-improvement. For most of us, the path to self-improvement starts by setting a specific and actionable goal, however, when it comes to actually getting things done and making progress in the areas that are important to you, there is a much better way to do things. It all comes down to the difference between goals and systems.Some books on self helpManual for Livingby EpictetusThe Practicing Mindby Thomas M. SternerThe Art of Possibilityby Rosamund Zander and Benjamin ZanderThe 10X Ruleby Grant CardoneStumbling on Happinessby Dan GilbertSuperhuman by Habitby TynanTher are four sets of tactics can help propel you forward – a)Design Goals, Not ChoresAbstract ambitions—such as “doing your best”—are usually much less effective than something concrete, such as bringing in 10 new customers a month or walking 10,000 steps a day. As a first general rule, then, any objectives you set for yourself or agree to should be specific. for example, that when salespeople have targets, they close more deals, and that when individuals make daily exercise commitments, they’re more likely to increase their fitness levels.a)Find Effective RewardsSome tasks or even stretches of a career are entirely onerous—in which case it can be helpful to create external motivators for yourself over the short- to-medium term, especially if they complement incentives offered by your organization. You might promise yourself a vacation for finishing a project or buy yourself a gift for losing weight. But be careful to avoid perverse incentives. One mistake is to reward yourself for the quantity of completed tasks or for speed when you actually care about the quality of performance. An accountant who treats herself for finishing her auditing projects quickly might leave herself open to mistakesb)Sustain ProgressWhen people are working toward a goal, they typically have a burst of motivation early and then slump in the middle, where they are most likely to stall out. Fortunately, research has uncovered several ways to fight this pattern. If you break your goal into smaller sub-goals—say, weekly instead of quarterly sales targets—there’s less time to succumb to that pesky slump.c)Harness the Influence of OthersHumans are social creatures. We constantly look around to see what others are doing, and their actions influence our own. Even sitting next to a high-performing employee can increase your output. But when it comes to motivation, this dynamic is more complex. When we witness a colleague speeding through a task that leaves us frustrated, we respond in one of two ways: Either we’re inspired and try to copy that behaviour, or we lose motivation on the assumption that we could leave the task to our peer. One rule is to never passively watch ambitious, efficient, successful co-workers; there’s too much risk that it will be demotivating. Instead, talk to these peers about what they’re trying to accomplish with their hard work and why they would recommend doing it. Sources- Various, Britannica, Wikipedia..


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