Humans are creatures of habit, which means we normally continue to act as we have in the past. Like a flowing river, the longer the habit continues, the harder it is to get rid of. This makes it extremely difficult to change our habits, especially the bad ones. The secret to correcting bad behavior is to replace those bad habits with good and positive behavior.
As human beings, it is the desire of every man and woman to grow and develop in life, and that’s the reason behind the very popular and growing industry of self-improvement. Even with all the self-help books, YouTube videos, blogs, podcasts, etc. out there, the Bible remains the ultimate guide towards personal improvement. The self-improvement tips in the Bible are so practical that even non-believers can benefit enormously from the concepts. So, let’s find out what the Bible has to say about self-improvement.
Napoleon Hill once said, “Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”
It’s easy to give up, turn around, and accept defeat. It’s really easy! However, one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in my life is persistence. How can you accept success if you do not learn to be persistent and persevere toward your goals? If you are not willing to stand up, dust yourself off, and keep on going every time you are thrown to the floor by life and consequences, success will remain allusive.
Granted, it can be difficult to continue especially when challenges become obstacles that refuse to get out of the way. This causes your motivation to dwindle. This can feel overwhelming. It’s so tempting to give up and look for a different path. But this is the place where character is built.
By settling for something “ordinary” and “safe” you are not living life, you are running away from it. This can cause you to lose sight of your dreams and never recover from the deep regret of loss. During these times, it is important to remember Paul’s instructions to the Philippian church:
“I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 3:14
A good way to look at a setback is to say, “God is using this to grow my character. What can I learn right now?”
Simplify Your Life
The joy we get from material wealth only lasts a short while, and once it fades away, the urge to acquire more things you do not need comes back. The hoarding of things that clutter your home also clutters your life and mind. It leaves no space for spiritual growth. It robs you of relational peace.
If you’re looking for self-improvement, simplify your life to create true balance - emotionally, spiritually, and financially.
“He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; Nor he who loves abundance, with increase. This also is vanity.” — Ecclesiastes 5:10
People tend to fear setting goals in fear of failure or superstition that something bad will happen. These people are always expecting some problem to jump at them. Problems arise in life. Problems are part of life. We grow through problems. Warren Wiersbe says, “All sunshine makes a desert.”
Beware of turning your life into a negative downward because you’re afraid of failure or problems. Negative attitudes rob you of life. They steal away joy.
“Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass.” — Psalms 37:5
When you think about all the blessings that have been granted to you - good health, a loving family, caring friends, etc., you will find negative thinking has no meaning in your life.
These are a few tips from the Bible that can help you in your quest for self-improvement, even if you’re a non-believer. For Christians, the need for self-improvement comes as a response to God’s grace. Christians make an effort to improve themselves as an expression of gratitude for God’s blessings and as thanksgiving for the salvation that has been granted to us through Jesus Christ.
If you are truly interested in achieving self-improvement and achieving a balance in your life then you will need to pick a path to self-improvement. The steps given above are universal, but only you can begin the quest.