Roadmap to Self-Improvement

~by Maria Marc~

If you’re on the road to self-improvement, you may find the path can be challenging, especially if you are averse to change. Ultimately you know it’s worth it, but how do you move beyond your fears, doubts, habits, and complacency?

‘I can’t think of anything worse than living a stagnant life, devoid of change and improvement’, said John C. Maxwell (2009).

I believe any individual with a growth mindset would agree with Maxwell. People with a fixed mindset prefer a more predictable life where change is not a constant.

Ironically change is something we can’t always avoid and we all have to deal with at some point in our life. At the end of all growth remains an option.

Committing to self-growth remains a personal choice, and few are willing to take the steep road towards improvement.

Personal growth expert John C. Maxwell stands behind a few discipline principles as a roadmap to self-improvement:
  1. If you aspire to the success journey, you must live a life of growth. The only thing you have the capability to improve is yourself.
  2. Avoid the ‘one of these days’ syndrome and start growing today. Growth is not automatic, and growing today will give you a better tomorrow. There is no time like right now to get something started. Growth is your responsibility.
  3. Focus on self-development, not self-fulfillment. The purpose of development is to help you attain fulfillment and reach your potential.
  4. No matter how much you are thriving today, don’t get complacent.
  5. Make yourself a continual learner… Learn something new every day.
  6. Develop a specific plan for growth; it is the key to a life of continual learning and improvement. An hour a day is a good start!
  7. Success takes effort, it requires discipline… Be willing to pay the price.
  8. Find ways to apply what you learn; develop positive daily habits. 

Climbing the mountain of personal potential might be time consuming, yet it is a journey you will never regret. It is an investment nobody can take away from you.

“The only way that we can live is if we grow. The only way we can grow is if we change. The only way we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we are exposed is if we throw ourselves into the open.” – C. Joybell

So what are you willing to give up to keep growing?


Meet the Author: Maria Marc  

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Maria Marc

Maria recently launched her own consulting practice,, through which she offers

support in the areas of organizational change, continuous improvement and career transition.

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Maria is a regular contributor for Leadership Girl.


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