Austin, Indiana (PressExposure) September 08, 2006 -- Engage Your Mind Self-improvement is any activity that stretches and engages your mind. Unchecked and undisciplined, the human mind tends to gravitate to fixed patterns of thought and activity. You might call it "being in your comfort zone" or, more bluntly put, "stuck in a rut."
The exciting news is that a conscious effort to expand and activate your mind through continuous self-improvement helps you engage in so many ways. For example, expanding your memory will help you with reading speed and comprehension. Studying mathematical concepts often stimulates creative thinking. Improving interpersonal communication skills boosts your self confidence. In addition, each of these activities, stimulates your mind to greater activity.
I know a man who decided at 37 to go back to college and finish his degree majoring in English Literature. He found that the college experience stimulated his thinking about other areas of his life. Before he graduated, he had developed a business idea and started what has become a very successful retail business. What does English literature have to do with retail business, you ask? Nothing. But, the schooling was a catalyst that got his mind active again. You can learn to engage your mind in the same way.
Does it matter whether you choose to learn to speed read, learn a new language, study ancient history, or expand your memory power? Probably not. The main thing is that you engage your mind. Pick something that interests you and then go after it with all of the mental power you have. As you expand and stretch your mind, you will be amazed at the increased capacity you will have to think and reason through problems, create new ideas, and discover innovative solutions.
Make Weak Areas Strong: We all have areas where we are weak and areas where we are strong. Perhaps, you have difficulty with math, while I might struggle with social skills. Your strong point may be leadership, while someone else has the ability to keep an immaculate house. While these strengths and weaknesses seem to be simply part of our natural makeup, there is a way to make weak areas strong. And that is what self-improvement is all about -- overcoming the difficulties of life and re-making these challenges into strengths.