Self-improvement, self-analysis, self-help, etc. are not Biblical concepts. According to the scriptures, the “self” you are, is either in Adam/dead, or in Christ/alive. We were duped into partaking of the “Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil” in Adam but the good news is Jesus invites us to partake of the “Tree of Life.”
We “were” dead in sin but God has raised us up and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus! He did this by co-crucifying us with Christ. We who place our faith in the work of the cross have been joined with Christ in His death, burial, resurrection and ascension. The old self has DIED! There is no way to improve a dead man! We really have been transformed into a brand new creature in Christ and that creature needs no improvement!
When Adam joined himself to the mind of the enemy by way of the forbidden tree, the whole of the human race became deceived into thinking we could make ourselves “like God” (Isaiah 14:13-14). This is the root of the lie of self-improvement. We falsely believe we can make ourselves “Better” when God knows the deceived, corrupted self has to be disposed of entirely. After all, if we could improve why did Jesus come? If we could try and try and eventually become “Better”, God would have just waited and let us eventually get to the place where we could “keep” His law. Of course we know that’s impossible, right?
Jesus “is” not “has” the life. Jesus “is” not “has” righteousness. Jesus “is” not “has” wisdom from God. Jesus “is” not “has” sanctification”, and “redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30). Besides, “If righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly” (Galatians 2:21). If we could in any way possible improve, God would not have offered us His One Unique Son.
Think about it.