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Self Improvement: Finding Your "It" Factor

Self improvement is a self-guided effort to improve and empower yourself. Whether that means intellectually, emotionally, financially, physically (or a combination thereof) is completely up to you.

Self help is a continuous journey. There are literally dozens of different methods, techniques, and systems to help you reprogram your mindset and propel your self improvement quest. Among the most popular are:

Self Improvement Books

This is probably the method most often associated with self improvement. First popularized in the 1970s, self help books can help you target a specific area of your life that you’d like to work on. From motivating yourself to exercise to engaging yourself in a new hobby or instruction, self help books cover a huge array of topics.

Visualization Techniques

Used by top athletes across the globe, visualization involves creating a very detailed mental image of the desired outcome or state you’d like to achieve. Actually “seeing” yourself being successful will stimulate your subconscious mind, causing your mind to accept your success as a reality, which will then automatically influence your behavior accordingly.


Many therapists today are focusing their self improvement work on areas of the subconscious mind. Hypnosis works by putting you in a state of complete (and extreme) relaxation. Once you’ve reached that state, it is easier for your therapist to reach your subconscious mind, and give you messages that will help you later on.

Subliminal Audio Techniques

Similar to hypnosis, using subliminal audio messages while you sleep or relax can help you reach and affect your subconscious mind. With today’s tiny earphones and sleek MP3 systems, they’re easier to use than ever. Your conscious mind listens to music, while another layer of information reaches your mind.


Sometimes, the toughest part about embarking upon any self improvement technique is overcoming your already set negative thought patterns. By using positive, present tense affirmations that are personally designed for yourself, you can teach yourself to override this negative thinking.

Counseling and Support Groups

More people than ever before are choosing to bolster their self improvement techniques by visiting a counselor or a support group. Often, this kind of therapy is the perfect way to kick off a successful self help program.

Most of us go through life carrying the extra weight of negative thoughts. Transforming that same outlook into a positive one can bring you not only freedom and happiness, but the ability to succeed and excel at the things you once thought were impossible.