Suffering is nothing more than a lack of consciousness. The more conscious you become, the less you suffer. The act of raising your consciousness is really a process of letting go of every thought that causes you to suffer. This process can take considerable time, but it does work. Every step you take in this direction will yield an improvement.~ Steve Pavlina from, https://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2006/07/ask-steve-staying-conscious-while-under-attack/
Self-improvement is an exercise in lifting oneself up by the bootstraps; Quite impossible and quite necessary.