It’s a common term these days isn’t it? Self-improvement. Making oneself better than one is at present. Raising your standards. Getting a nice new squeaky clean image that fits with what you think the world wants to see or what the world thinks is in and fashionable.But what does self-improvement actually mean?Don’t we have to start with knowing what we mean by the ‘self’?If you don’t know your self then improving it will simply be polishing a veneer, and applying knowledge, principles and fix-it-quick solutions to it without any real understanding of how they fit – or even whether they’re appropriate.Before you can start to even think of improvement, it’s essential to cut to the heart of things and understand what you’re about. To know what your frailties and insecurities are. What your heart wants and what you see as your goal and purpose in life. Once you know these things, it becomes easier to identify what exactly it is that you want to improve – it might be that you discover a need for some guided meditation to help you connect with your inner self. You may feel that you need to work on your focusing skills so that you can keep a goal in mind and seek it without being distracted or tempted away from the path.It doesn’t mean that you can’t seek help and guidance before you can start to challenge the way you currently are; those who do seek such guidance will have already gained some insight into the way they tick – they have already identified needs for guidance and are exploring them.Self improvement is part of your journey. It becomes a requisite the moment you gain insight into your self and your potential to achieve your highest purpose. It means striving for the best that you can possibly be and better. It means always setting yourself higher challenges and goals – never settling for comfort and complacency when you know you could achieve even higher things and deeper spiritual awareness.It means taking responsibility for your own personal development through life, and knowing your self so well that you can nurture it as you would the inner child – by feeding the self with wholesome, spiritual sustenance and treating the self with the deepest love and compassion.Self improvement is the crux of your journey – it is the purpose, the goal, the ultimate vision – to be the best you can possibly be. It is about growing as a person and having a deep appreciation of who you are becoming as a person while living life. And it can take the rest of your wonderful life if you will only take that first step.