To lead a fulfilling life, humans need to go through self-improvement. Without it, one can remain stuck in the same place with the same habits over time. Self-improvement allows you to evolve and become a better version of yourself.
Jordan Peterson talks about the importance of remaining patient with the process of self-improvement and taking it one step at a time.
Dr Jordan B. Peterson is a psychologist, author, online educator, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto. He taught some of the most highly regarded courses at Harvard and the University of Toronto for twenty years while publishing over a hundred well-cited scientific papers with his students and co-authors. His podcast has frequently topped the charts in the education category.
“The point is your best strategic position is, how am I insufficient and how can I rectify that? That’s what you’ve got. And the thing is, you are insufficient. And you could rectify it.”
To be able to change the world around you, you first need to change yourself. However, most people fear change because it calls them to abandon some of their beliefs and seek a higher understanding.
Jordan Peterson says that self-improvement is achievable when people willingly take small everyday steps toward their goals.
“Well, let’s say you’ve got a kid and you want the kid to improve. You don’t set them a bar that’s so high that it’s impossible for them to attain it. You take a look at the kid and you think, okay, this kid’s got this range of skill. Here’s a challenge we can throw at him or her that exceeds their current level of skill, but gives them a reasonable probability of success.”
Most people fail in self-improvement because they set big goals and plans without an actual plan for achieving these goals. Also, most people do not want to start small, which sets them up to fail from the get-go.
“Well, I don’t know how to start improving my Life-Someone might say that. And I would say, well, you’re not aiming low enough.”
You can always do something that you may regard as trivial, yet it would result in actual improvement. You are not doing it because you don’t consider it a big enough improvement to chase after. Doing so would feel like lowering yourself to take incremental steps, which conflicts with most people’s egos.
“Aim low. And I don’t mean don’t aim. And I don’t mean don’t aim up. But you have to accept the fact that you can set yourself a goal that you can attain. And there’s not going to be much glory in it to begin with.”
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