Today was long. Nothing really went right. I hope tomorrow is a better day.
That could be that—you had a mediocre day. You think about it, but you’d rather think about other things. In result, you start dozing off about the endless world of possibilities that tomorrow will bring.
Then comes tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, and your feelings of inadequacy never truly leave. Instead, you succumb to the idea that you are destined to live this life, and that your expectations are merely too high.
But that’s simply not true.
Think about it like this:
If you’re on the journey of weight loss, would you blindly work out every day and /trust/that your dream body will appear? Or will you take progress pictures along the way and track your weight to better fine tune the process to fit with your desired results?
The same principle applies here:
You will never reach your peak unless you reflect and refine the processes that you abide by. Reflection the difference between doing well and doing great. Personal reflection is the bread and butter of personal development.
A common misconception is that personal reflection must be something formal and uncomfortably introspective, extensive and wordy in nature. While that might be one option, that doesn’t have to be yours. Start off small, and build up to gain momentum.
Or if you are driven by self-imposed rules, try morning pages, the “stream of consciousness writing” methodology that many swear by for increased clarity and better task management. Because that method didn’t work for me, the key is to find a method that works for you sustainably.
The takeaway from all of this boils down to my challenge to you: write 3 sentences a day for 7 days. And those 3 sentences is just enough to feel cathartic but not enough to feel satisfied with your reflection. And you can choose to stop there, or you can choose to let your brain run wild with the rest of your thoughts.
Anything can come out of that simple choice of self-expression. This micro commitment could bring a microcosm of realization for your self improvement, personal & business relationships, and general happiness as a human.
“I am a believer of butterfly effect. A small positive vibration can change the entire cosmos.”
― Amit Ray, Walking the Path of Compassion
To end this conversation, I’d like to leave you with some thought-provoking questions to start your own personal discussion. Commit to this, and let me know if you learn anything new. A 3 sentence answer will definitely make it work.
- Are you satisfied with the quality of your day?
- What were some notable moments today?
- Were there any moments where you felt incredible? Unstoppable? Frustrated? Anxious?
- Did you have any realizations today?
- What will you do differently tomorrow that you wish you had done today?