Get back into some serious habits. Imagine, putting so much work into building good habits and all of them going down the drain because of a thing called life. Recently, I had a lot of life changes occur, seemingly at the same time and honestly, I wasn’t okay. For a couple of days, I was “down bad” but thankfully, because of the habits I build over the years such as mediation and journaling, I was quickly able to just adjust to these new life changes and get into a process of accepting everything. Sophomore year of college, I made it a mission to improve myself for the better. I think my 19-year-old self would be shocked at the person I became, in good ways and bad haha. Nevertheless, being able to build these habits over time allowed me to get through the mud of life. I am so thankful for my self-improvement journey despite some of the backlash that it has gotten recently. I truly believe that if you want to improve yourself there are two simple steps in getting started. 1. Just do it and 2. do the research afterward.
Have one uncomfortable thing to do to a day. This past week, I challenged myself to do things that I like but I knew would challenge me. Living in Washington, DC allows me the chance to play jazz with top-tier musicians. There are jam sessions happening every night around the DMV and it’s so exciting to push me past my limits. I am also a big basketball fan and this got my ass kicked by the local ballers. It was much needed. Now I know what to work on for next time so I can be a contributing teammate when running pick-up games.
Level up. We live in a society where we focus on the past and future more than the present. I’m in the mindset of living day-to-day when an emphasis is on helping my future self out. Let me elaborate if I truly lived day-to-day, everything the next day would seem like a huge surprise for me. I don’t want to miss that meeting or go out with friends when I was supposed to teach a student. Having this emphasis on helping your future self allows you to plan all the things you need in the near future without fear of missing something important. As I live in the present, I want to level up just by 1% every day. At the end of the week, you would’ve leveled up by 7%. At the end of the month, 30 or 31% and at the end of the year, 365% better than you were the year prior. Now, it’s time to play the long-term game. I don’t want to fixate on the past and likewise, don’t want to fixate on what I could be in the future, instead, I’ll focus on what I can do right now, in the present.
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