An idea about well-being: Well-being is not an endpoint. Well-being is a continuous progression of improvement. Said another way, you never reach a point where you cannot become more well.
Example: Our culture spreads the myth of the magic bullet. We are told once we do X (or worse, buy X), then we can be happy. Well-being is choosing behaviors or habits that help us to feel well often and continually improving them.
Application (how this idea plays out in my life): Embracing a mindset of continual improvement allows me to be more open minded. When I meet someone new, it helps me listen better because their experiences are entirely different from my own and they likely know something that I can learn from. The same is true of new ideas. When I accept that I can always become more well, then I more easily find value in new ideas and experience less resistance to change.
Challenge Question: How can we continually improve our well-being? How can we embrace others and learn from their strengths? How can we share our strengths with others? The Twin Cities Wellness Collective exists in part, so we can learn from one another. Each of us has unique strengths that can help others.
I must also acknowledge a potential pitfall with continuous improvement. While I believe it is important to continually improve ourselves, it is also important to stop and celebrate our progress. If we solely focus on the next improvement we can make, then it can lead to a lack of satisfaction. There is a balance between improvement and feeling grateful for the progress we’ve made.
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