Preachy self improvement.

I’m not making a new years resolution this year, and I never do. I think my mothers version is interesting though and has some merits. She last year decided to buy more shoes. She succeeded. However there is something underlying that. It is something to consider, something you can do, and something that will make you happy. It may mean as a younger person sacrificing something and saving money as an equivalent. But around the house it meant my mother was in a slightly better mood than she otherwise would have been.
The things I’m working on my life are less tangible, and don’t have anything to do with New Years in particular. They’re based on some simple advice from the all too preachy and up beat Robin Sharma, and sit on a list that is structured based on some solid advice from Anthony Robbins.
What I’ve got is my big 5 goals for 2014, at the top of a list I look at every day. They are;
Work Consistently
Wake at 5am
Live out of home
Improved averages of output at uni and daily
Improving my use of time every day
Basically saying - improve my circumstances consistently.
With this I’ve got my top 5 values I want to work on;
Giving - I’ve struggled with this. It seems Christian or ethical, but it’s a bit more selfish than that. I find that being more giving of myself personally and of my time has benefits for me emotionally, in developing relationships, and even when working. Somebody (Seth Godin? Robin Sharma?) said, relating to business, something like “Over deliver constantly to create fanatical fans” and it is similar with the rest of life.
Self improvement every day
I’ve also broken down what I want for the first quarter of the year, but the more interesting thing I’ve picked up is how I write down what I need to be doing.
To Do lists fail me. I get distracted, find new ideas and ways of improving what I’m doing. My 2013 was a cluster-fuck of scribbly nonsense in the end. So what I’ve got isn’t a task to do, but and outcome, why I want that outcome, and then what to do (I grabbed this from Anthony Robbins, but he put a bit differently). The “outcome” doesn’t change if you really want it. The “why” is what motivates you to persist, or even just start. And the “how” is really unimportant and flexible. If you see numerous ways of getting to an outcome, or a shortcut, or a come across a problem, then the how can change, as long as you’re moving towards the same outcome.
That’s enough preachy bullshit for today.