15The 5 Most Important Self-Improvement Principles

Lukas Schwekendiek
3 min readOct 30, 2023
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#1 Never Give Up On What Matters — Do not settle, do not compromise and do not give up on what really matters to you.

If you want to own a multi-million dollar mansion, if you want to become a world-renowned leader, if you want to visit a hundred countries and meet thousands of people in each, if you want to change others lives, or even if you just want to get a six-pack do not give it up if it is important.

You want what you want, and there is nothing to be ashamed for or to compromise on. You may not get it straight away, it may take a lot of time, but if you give up on what matters to you, you will not get it. And no compromise will feel good enough.

The only way to lose in anything in life is if you surrender. Everything else is merely a setback.

#2 Don’t Take It So Seriously — Life is only as serious as you make it out to be, nothing more.

Most things that happen to you are not life-threatening and they are not nearly as horrible as you make them out to be.

Yes, your life will turn to crap sometimes, yes, it will be awful, and yes, you will definitely get unlucky… but it will go on! The situations will not suddenly end your existence.

Life will go on, you will still get plenty of chances to smile, succeed, love and do everything you wanted to do. Take a breath!

At the end we all die anyway and we all will be forgotten sooner or later, so why do we worry so much about every little thing that happens to us?

We won’t always be alive so we might as well make the best of it now!

#3 Do It Consistently — If you want to improve in anything at all, you have to do it daily.

Once a month is not enough, once every other week is not enough, not even once every other day is enough.

Either you do it every day or you might as well not do it at all, for it will not get you what you want.

If you want to improve you have to make it a regular, daily occurrence or you will forget it!

Nothing will stick if you do it any less than that.

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Lukas Schwekendiek

Life Coach, Speaker, Writer. Published on TIME, Inc & Huffington Post.