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What's Beyond Self-Improvement?

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A Life Full Of Struggles

For many people, life is full of struggles. However, many struggles can be lessened through reasonably clear steps: set goals, build better habits, learn more, do the work.

When you're successful with all the big parts of your life, there may be some pleasure in obtaining ...

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Facing life's struggles often create pain and lack, but it also adds a motivating tension in your life that gives structure and direction for the things you do.

Once the major struggles in your life are gone, the motivating tension diminishes too. The result is that you de...

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Sometimes, what was previously good enough is now not acceptable anymore. It could be a person who gets in shape but now wants 6% body fat.

The problem isn't the mindset of continual growth, but motivating that growth by creating new, imagined needs. One can

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Since most of our motivating tensions come from our difficulties, we create struggles to feel the motivation.

To escape this trap, we need to shift our philosophy of life away from fixing our problems and onto goals that you know won't explicitly improve your life. These include s...

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Self-improvement can reach a stage of diminishing returns. Once your basic needs are met, and there are no large, obvious things that would make your life better, the motivating tension that structured and guided your life may be gone and create a vacuum you want to fill. A major indicat...

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