The Self-improvement Paradigm

According to Jim Rohn, “Success is not to be pursued, it is to be attracted by the person you become.” Imagine success as the fruit of a tree. A tree has to grow and mature. It will reach a certain stage of maturity that allows it to bear fruits. Imagine yourself as that tree. You have to grow and mature. The person you see at the end of the process of growing and maturing is what Jim Rohn refers to as the person you become. The fruits you bear or the success you achieve depends on the kind of tree you would turn into. And you have to become the best version of yourself. That’s the kind of tree you should be. You need to reach your full potential so you would bear the best fruits.

Self-improvement is the key to becoming the best version of yourself. If you succeed in getting to the end of the road to self-improvement, you reach your full potential.

But self-improvement is a complicated process. It is easier said than done. It requires the possession of certain beliefs, attitudes, and characteristics that will make up your value system. It requires also the acquisition of certain skills and abilities and the development of certain practices and habits.

The right beliefs, attitudes, characteristics, skills, abilities, practices, and habits, together, are the catalysts of self-improvement. However, having them is not enough. Something else is needed in order to make them work. Without it any attempt to reach one’s full potential is bound to fail. What is it? It’s self-discipline.

Self-improvement is not as simple as just being able to think positively. Positive thinking is but a tip of a huge iceberg called personal growth and development.

Self-improvement is a tedious process. Its ultimate goal is becoming the “best self” or achieving one’s full potential. As previously mentioned, certain beliefs, attitudes, characteristics, skills, abilities, practices, and habits are required. But possessing the said requirements is not enough. Consistency is needed in their pursuit. Thus, self-discipline is also needed.

The foregoing are the elements that comprise the self-improvement paradigm that I developed to guide my advocacy for personal growth and development.

The contents of my YouTube channel ( and the personal growth and development book I am currently writing are based on this paradigm.   



Teacher-Writer-Lifelong Learner I have three passions - teaching, writing, and learning. I am a Filipino currently residing and teaching in South Korea. I blog and vlog the things I write. I have two websites and two YouTube channels where I publish my works in my areas of interest. I also use Wattpad and Pinterest to publish my creative works. I am into research as well. Some of my articles were presented at conferences and published in indexed-journals. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

Posted on September 12, 2022, in Better Self, Full potential, Personal Growth and Development, Self-Discipline, Self-Improvement and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. You are so right, self-improvement being a complicated process. There is so many areas a person can choose to work on. And yes positivity is just the tip. I’m not so sure that a person can reach the end. If they do that’s great, however I believe it’s a life long journey where there is always some aspect of yourself you can work on to improve. Do you believe a person can actually reach the end and achieve their full potential?
    Good article I enjoyed it.

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    • Self-improvement is indeed a life-long journey. It is hard to determine whether anyone has ever achieved their full potential as a person. We will never know unless experts can come out with objective and definite metrics to measure the achievement of such.


      • Yes you are right and as great and fascinating as it would be to see proof that yes a person can reach their full potential. I hope for those who are just starting their journey that there is no information and so won’t be discouraged due to possibly low statistics. Until the experts with their metrics come up with something. May we continue to strive towards our full potential in our self improvement journey. The most important thing is that of making the time & effort to better ourselves.

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      • We can say that achieving one’s full potential is like building a cathedral. A cathedral cannot be built overnight. It would take a long… “brick by brick.” That is similar to self-improvement. There’s no short cut. The road to self-improvement is long and winding. We don’t even know where it ends. The journey will be long. It is a journey of a thousand (or more) miles… and it begins with a single step… step-by-step.

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  2. … and as you said let’s make life [and ourselves] better 1% at a time


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