6 Common Self-Improvement Mistakes You’ll Make

Cam Billings
3 min readOct 17, 2022
Photo by Kenny Eliason on Unsplash

Self-improvement is exciting. The idea of transforming your life will motivate you to invest serious time and effort into the process. You get to chase a dream.

But starting the journey towards self-improvement often proves to be more difficult than you may think.

You could fall into a trap that derails or even ends your self-improvement journey.

Fortunately, you can avoid these traps if you’re aware of them.

Here are the 6 common mistakes you’ll make on your self-improvement journey:

1. Doing too much

Going all in is tempting. You want to fix your problems NOW. Or you’re so excited to try all the self-improvement habits. So, you start meditating, journaling, weightlifting, and cardio all in the same week. This is a recipe for burnout.

I don’t blame you for going all in.

But self-improvement doesn’t fix your problems quickly… It’s a slow process. You need to start slow and then add to your routine over time.

Doing too much leads to burnout, which can derail your self-improvement journey before it begins.

2. Going too fast

It’s tempting to progress too fast.

Efficiency is a good thing.

But going too fast can bite you in the butt.

For example, if you’ve ever lifted weights and tried to increase the weight too soon, you’ve likely either failed or injured yourself trying to lift it.

This can set you back weeks and even months. Not good.

Slow and steady is the key to growth.

3. Isolating yourself

Trying to do self-improvement alone is sometimes necessary depending on your circumstances

But you should avoid it at all costs.

Being a lone wolf tends to atrophy your social skills, which can have negative consequences on your confidence and self-esteem.

Plus, your friends and family can bring out sides of you that you are unable to do. They can also provide you with new ideas and feedback. Think of them like your…

Cam Billings

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