Now - clearly we all need to improve ourselves. Staying informed, learning and growing with the pace of society these days is not an easy task but one that can be accomplished with effort. Things change too rapidly to be caught with your head in the sand. Just be smart about it and don't let the barrage of self-help ads dictate your direction.
Religious leaders preach to us their path is the way to salvation and happiness. That works for some of us. Funnily enough they often reach deeper into our pockets than the self-help gurus bombarding us with ads. I'll leave it to you to decide if religion is the path for you. Just leave it out of my politics if you please.
There are those who believe rational self interest in the self improvement model that will lead us to the promised land. The man's happiness is the moral purpose of his life crowd. I suspect many conservative-minded folk find that appealing.
There's Tony Robbins, David Allen and many other "power of positive thinking" gurus, all adding their own spin to Norman Vincent Peale's notions. Bury the negative in optimism types. If that works for you, feel free to indulge and spend your cash
Then there's something like The Wonder Box - a book recently gifted to me by our resident Indian gurus of all things human - Ramana. It takes a look at the historical perspectives of many of what I call blinding flashes of the obvious and puts them into context, among other things. I'll have a cpm[plete review when I finish the book.
The point to all of this? Simply stated, to grow is to improve. Inform your self. Improve yourself by seeking help when YOU need it. Ask a trusted confidant - one you trust to be honest with you about things. Above all, act - don't sit on your duff. Problems do not go away by being ignored. I read that somewhere on the Internet and we all know the Internet doesn't lie.
Improve yourself by checking out what the other LBCers have to say ion this topic: Delirious, gaelikaa, Grannymar, Maxi, Maria SF, Padmum, Paul, Ramana, The Old Fossil and Will