You’re in for a complete surprise if you think that this is about something technology-related. In a way, it is. But definitely not in the way you think. Have you ever thought of yourself as a separate and complex software? The self is a very complicated part of a person because it is often mistaken for the person’s name, his relationship to people etc.- that is not the identity of the self. The self is so much more than that.
It is always better to keep things up to date. We constantly update the software on our phones, laptops and tablets on time, but we forget about the most important software that needs to be updated- ourselves. Just the way the software on our devices needs to be updated regularly to function better and fix bugs, the self needs an update too. After all, change is the only constant and we should always aim to evolve into a better version of ourselves.
Now, how does this work? How do we update ourselves?
We are all very well familiar with the process of updating the software on our devices- a simple click does the job, doesn’t it? Plus, those pesky notifications will keep reminding you to update you device every now and then, until you finally do it! Let’s be frank- we all hate the part where the notification keeps popping up all the time! But ‘updating’ the self is a completely different process altogether.
Let me tell you that you’re not going to get a reminder every now and then to update your software and there is no ‘Remind Me Later’ option either. Most of the time, you update to a better version of yourself, unknowingly. Self-improvement is something that can happen from the smallest of things. It is the impact that eventually makes a difference in you. With each ‘update,‘ we develop a new feature in ourselves- not unlike the software updates on our devices. The basic principle remains the same- better version, better features, better everything.
To update our self, we need to quit being afraid of change. Change is inevitable; you cannot stop change from happening. It is the only changeless law of nature. What we need to know is that with change come opportunities- to meet people, to learn new things, to go places, to improve ourselves.
If we resist change, then we resist all the good and the bad that comes along with it; and the only bad things that come with change are challenges. But life without challenges would be as dull as the world without colours and a mind without an element of magic. Therefore, challenges are very important in our lives, mostly because with every challenge comes a lesson that has to be learnt. Challenges make us strong, they make us ready to face what comes next, head-on.
“You can’t stop the future
You can’t rewind the past
The only way to learn the secret
…is to press play.”
― Jay Asher,
Another effective way to improve yourself is surrounding yourself with people who motivate you! Personally, I think that surrounding oneself with people and things that inspire them the most has a stronger influence than any other method of motivation. Letting go of people who bring nothing but negativity in your life and surrounding yourself with sunny positivity will only make your days brighter and life happier.
One of the most important procedures in bringing out new updates for any software is beta testing. Here, the new software is put to test by certain people called the beta testers. The duty of these testers is to give reviews about the software and provide the team with inputs. Their suggestions lead to improvements in the new version of the software.
Similarly, the people who inspire you are the beta testers. They evaluate you and give you inputs so that you can constantly improve yourself. They tell you what is best for you and also how you should go about updating your self. These people will be honest and will only want the best for you. So the next time a person advices you, don’t brush them aside. For all you know, they might actually know what is good for you. Thank them, for being so unbiased and having your back at all times. (No, seriously. Do it. These are the people who will stick around for a very long time!)
Also, like all other software updates, you know that the present version is going to have a few flaws. So, you update the software every now and then so that your device functions smoothly. In the exact same way, we must keep motivating ourselves time and again, so that we keep improving ourselves and evolve into a better ‘version’ of ourselves.
“Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis.”
― Zig Ziglar,
So every time you take a step towards improving yourselves, remember that you’re only ‘updating’ yourselves. You still have a long way to go. There is always more scope for improvement. As humans, we are not perfect. We can only try not to repeat the same mistake twice (bug fixing, duh!). Keep your attitude sunny and positive, because a negative attitude is just so murky! I’m not suggesting that you take leaps towards improvement; baby steps will do just fine. But do it, constantly evolve into a better ‘version’ of yourself.
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