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Including personal growth actions on your to-do list June 17, 2014

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Concept of personal growth, Goal Setting and Realization.
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Our goal of implementing a general self-improvement program will probably remain an unfulfilled intention unless we make specific personal development tasks an integral part of our daily to do list.

This can be done in either of two ways:

(1) Making a standing list of program elements that we will do every day

(2) Including one of more elements of our program on our normal activity-driven daily to-do list

Either one of these approaches will work, although the second can provide more flexibility and allow for fitting in our program according to the circumstances and demands of a particular day.

The reason we need to commit to “doing” an element of our program each day is because of the peculiar nature of self-improvement efforts.

The planning, reading, and other research we do to learn about various aspects of improving our lives can, if we are not careful, end up being a substitute for taking concrete actions to achieve the goals of our program.

It’s something like the old Chinese maxim: “Talk does not cook rice.”

We can plan, we can list goals, we can envisage a better future; but if we are to accomplish anything in our growth we need to “do.”

Having a daily list that includes actions on our program helps ensure that we are taking steps every day towards our overall objectives.

We should also make sure that we prioritize our lists to ensure that the most important aspects of our program receive some action each day.