One problem with life improvement advice is that it often paints with too broad of a brush. It has the unintended consequence of making people who are actually content and happy with their lives feel like they shouldn’t be.
When we’re consistently presented by method after method for how we can improve our bodies, our minds, our relationships, our jobs, we’re subliminally persuaded into believing that there must always be something there to improve.
I love the title of a book written by my friend Jess Weiner – “Life Doesn’t Begin 5 Pounds from Now” – for the simple reminder about how we shouldn’t get stuck in that “I’ll just fix one more thing and then I’ll be good to go” mindset.
This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t grow and change. By all means, change the things that are unhealthy or bother you. Satiate your curiosity. Learn things. Keep seeking and exploring. But always ask yourself why you’re doing it and who you’re doing it for.