I’ve started to read these self-improvement articles/books cynically. It’s not that I don’t believe what they say, but rather there’s a specific “conscious intent” and “perseverance” piece to it all that I think all of it needs. Simply put, it’s the ability to keep doing when there is no “yield.” You do it simply because you enjoy learning for learnings sake, and if it doesn’t pay off it, so what? You still had fun learning. I truly believe that is the first principle one must have. The discipline to put it into your daily routine comes second.
With that said, I did take a 3 key points from this article that I find crucial to success, and what one must consciously push oneself to engage in.
- Creating a club for “like-minded aspiring artisans and tradesmen who hoped to improve themselves while they improved their community”
- Being able to share you ideas, test the sound of it amongst a group of others not only helps you gather feedback, but puts it out there that you’re thinking about it. The feedback may be extremely helpful and allow you to pivot as needed. It may also be negative feedback, which will help you determine how much you actually want to pursue it. But the point is that you’ve laid your ideas out to the world and putting your voice behind it.
- Setting personal-growth goals (i.e., virtues list) and tracking the results
- This is a milestone tracker, so that 2 years from when you started, you won’t still be in the same spot on this goal. Sadly, I fall victim to this a lot. Usually because I lose sight of its importance to my life. Not having a tracker never really provides me the needed reminder to ask myself that question.
- In addition, setting goals and tracking them allows you to know when its a good time to experiment/test. We all want to improve for a purpose, so test it to see how long you’ve come along. Don’t forget to practice live!
- Having morning and evening reflection questions
- Lastly, its the simple idea of looking back. Have you achieved what you aimed to achieve? What outcome did it provide and is it the outcome you wanted? If not, why not? Did you need to pivot along the way? How come? Did you like the outcome or do you need to plan the expected outcome better? This is simply the idea of what you learned from your experience and experiments, so that when someone (you) asks you, “what would you do differently and why”, you would have an answer.