Ok, so I was just writing about my goals and realized that I wasn't doing nearly enough. So this is going to be my public challenge to myself to see how much I can improve my life in one month. That's all there is to the challenge - no rules, no goals, and no excuses. I have a pretty great life, but I know I can do MUCH better, and I owe it to myself to do so.
I've found that many things I do during the day don't really make a lasting change in my life. But one small thing, like installing the bluetooth car kit in my car, makes it much more convenient for me every time I drive. Going through my bank statement and finding monthly charges I can do away with saves me money for the rest of the year, and calling an old friend that I've lost touch with can bring another positive person into my life.
This month I am going to ask myself whether or not what I'm doing at any moment is contributing to my future. I'll answer myself honestly and adjust accordingly. Little things that will stick with me are valuable too... if I made 30 small improvements that will help me for the rest of my life, I would be thrilled. How can I not find at least one a day?
I think that's why I like learning so much. I learn little weird skills like how to tell the day of the month for any date, or to solve a rubik's cube in a minute, or how to test if a plant is edible or not in the jungle. None of these things are important, but I find that every month I put a few of them to good use.
Anyway, if you're reading this, I invite and challenge you to do this with me! Reply in the comments that you are going to do it, and I will e-mail you in a month to see your progress. I will then post everyone's progress publicly - so you know that you will be held accountable. I'm psyched about this and plan on starting right now!
I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!
Ok heres whats happening with me. I am a full blown Vegetarian. I work out daily...not 3 times a week (just the way I do it). I have a semi-successful website that I hope will explode with awesome unique users. Im learning to code (php, a computer language). I Have my car dealers license, and am doing ok with that. And I have recently discovered your blog that has helped me immensely with the girl swooning.
Keep on blogging, It's helping many people.
Damn, I'm just catching up on old posts now but I'm with you on this one. It's been especially tough financially lately and I've reframing and thinking everything through. Since I've got more time to do things in a day, I have an obligation to use it to my advantage. I've got a lot of work to do but I'm ready to get at it!
Awesome! I'm really glad to hear that you're doing it. Definitely let me know how it goes for you. I'll make it up to Dallas some day... I'm just spending all my time working on business these days.
I've started the 7 day mental diet. I am able to reframe many problems as challenges.
With the ladies, the opening and followup skills are improving. I have opened at least 100 sets as I write this.
No takers as of yet but I know I can bring some sunshine into someone's life.
I love all the friends I have met in Dallas as well as Austin.
The other day I got really interested in some Steve Piccus stuff and this makes me want to follow up on some Huna techniques and the different areas of what I would call "awakened awareness" aka Magick.
My sense of humor has been improving like mad as well. Some peeps think I'm nuts.
Your stuff is an inspiration.
The first time I met you and Gametrane in December '05 was probably one of the high points of my "career".
Its funny how you start on the path and you just "cast your bread on the water" and let fate decide. My connection to this is what keeps me going.
Call it serendipity. Call it what you will.
You should consider coming up to Dallas sometime. You are welcome anytime.
Thanks for everything.
I did something really scary and dangerous today. I let myself quit.
It's the second day of my Month-of-Pickup, an intensive course correction aimed towards making myself extraverted and social again.
Yesterday was the first day. My friend and I set a goal of doing eight approaches each. We did it just as the mall closed, running around frantically looking for girls to approach. I was scared going in, but left feeling good.
I have been into self-improvement for a long time now. For almost five years now I have religiously followed a number of authors who speak to becoming a bigger, badder you.
However, the pursuit has always felt a little hollow to me. Becoming a better you has always felt to me to necessitate an overly inward eye. Many years ago I took a pledge around a campfire to live my life for others. While I was just a kid at the time, the pledge is still something that I take seriously, something that has been fed by my activities since.
This campfire experience is one that came back to me several years later when I sought to learn more about Buddhism. My interest was academic rather than spiritual, but I was struck by something on a deeper level nonetheless. I was watching a video series with basic information about what it was to be a Buddhist, and I was struck by a statement the monks said ad the beginning of each installment. "... to achieve enlightenment for the betterment of all beings..."
That is how self improvement reconciles with altruistic, charitable living.
That is how I want to live my life.