June 6, 2024

The Unseen Barriers to Self-Improvement: Why You Can’t Fix Yourself

BY Marc Mathys
In the relentless pursuit of self-improvement, many of us spend years and significant amounts of money on books, courses, therapy sessions, and wellness retreats. We strive to overcome our flaws, reshape our behaviors, and become the best versions of ourselves. But what if the reason you haven’t found lasting change isn’t because you’re not trying hard enough, but because the real barriers are deeper and more insidious than you realize? 
The Hidden Programs Running Your Life
From the moment we’re born, we start absorbing beliefs, values, and behaviors from our surroundings. These come from our parents, teachers, friends, and society at large. Over time, these external influences shape our internal “programs,” dictating how we think, feel, and act. Many of these programs operate subconsciously, meaning you’re not even aware they’re affecting you. 
The Weight of Conditions and Beliefs 
Conditions and beliefs are like invisible chains that keep us bound to certain patterns of thought and behavior. For instance, if you grew up in a household where financial instability was a constant issue, you might carry a subconscious belief that you’ll never be financially secure. These deep-seated beliefs often go unquestioned and unchallenged, making them incredibly difficult to change. 
Why It’s Not Your Job to Fix These
Here’s the kicker: these programs, conditions, and beliefs don’t actually belong to you. They were imposed on you by external sources. Trying to fix yourself without addressing these underlying influences is like trying to build a house on a shaky foundation. No matter how beautiful the structure, it’s bound to collapse.
The quest for self-improvement is noble, but it’s crucial to recognize that not all the obstacles you face are of your own making. By acknowledging and resetting the external programs, conditions, and beliefs that have shaped you, you can begin to break free from the patterns that have held you back. Remember, it’s not about fixing yourself; it’s about reowning yourself.





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Hello I’m Marc the creator of the Reset-it program and a TedX speaker.


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