Over the weekend I read a fantastic post via Danielle LaPorte’s White Hot Truth. In the post she explains that her self-improvement methods over the years have been based on incorrect intentions. As she states,
“Rather than doing whatever it is that you do to ease, mitigate and transform those states of being as acts of “self improvement” and “getting fixed” or “making better”, what if you approached those rituals and remedies as ways of getting to your power?”
– Danielle LaPorte
I have taken a day or two to marinate on this idea and have realized that I’ve been doing this quite a bit myself. I’m all about designing a life with intention, and a lot of times my intentions (read more, exercise more consistently, eat more veggies, save more, etc.) are actually “improvements” or “fixes.” Instead, I should think about these actions as ways to draw from my innate resources and powers. It’s the same as a makeunder; removing the unnecessary in order to reveal the potential already within oneself.
I know that I have unlimited potential and my best self lies underneath layers of unneeded clutter and ineffective habits. But when I’ve tried to tap into that potential, it’s become easy to forget the real motivation, uncovering what a great person I already am, and just focus on “fixing myself.”
I think this is something that my ego whispers to me over time. I’m not good enough. I need to change who I am. But in my gut I know that I have all the skills I want to develop, it’s just a matter of flexing those muscles with consistent practice.