Why Improving Yourself Is So Freaking Hard

And why you shouldn’t be so hard on yourself

Sam Cook
3 min readJan 13, 2023

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When I write about making a personal change — whether it’s a change in health, finances, or anything else — I make a point to emphasize that changes are hard, and you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself as you pursue them. We have a lot of guilt around our ability to change ourselves, and nothing feeds that guilt like…

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Sam Cook

Former writer for Tested.com and Geek.com, currently a technology professional, teacher, and father. I write about whatever is on my mind.