December 21, 2017

How to Improve Yourself Daily Using Words

 

Words are powerful.

Especially if you find the right words that speak to you. The words that will help you see the light.

Many years ago, back in high school I was buried under tons of books. All of which were fucking boring and tiresome.

Like many people, I thought I didn't like to read.

Until one day I discovered how to find ebooks on the internet "for free".

That's when the addiction began.

Over time I became more interested in reading. Some nights I'd stay up late reading for hours.

I couldn't keep my eyes off these words.

I became far more interested in my personal education outside of school. Which consisted of books on human behavior, relationships, masculinity, productivity, etc.

I was addicted. But not necessarily to the books.

No. It was the words. The words gave me exactly what I was looking for: answers.

It was then I realized something. That for nearly every problem that exists, there's a book that offers a solution.

A way to win.

All you have to do is find it, and apply it.

Now after several years of long-forgotten books and many lost notes, I find myself not reading as much.

There's only so much you can take in before you have to learn from living life.

But that doesn't mean you have to stop reading entirely.

There's a wealth of information out there for you. And one piece of insight could be exactly what you need to take things to the next level.

It'd be a shame if you missed it.

So here's a simple method I use to maintain my reading habit while applying more and reading less.

How To Read Less & Do More

  1. Have a book you want to read
  2. Count how many pages your book has
  3. Pick a date to finish your book

Let's say you picked a book that has 200 pages. And you want to finish reading it in 30 days (one month).

Divide the pages by the amount of days you're giving yourself.

Ex) 200 pages/30 days = 6.66 pages a day

In this case, you will read 6 pages every single day for thirty days.

That's it. No need to read more. And you won't read any less.

As you read your pages, you will highlight anything that stands out to you and take notes. Then you will apply those concepts/practices in your life.

I recommend kindle ebooks for their highlight function and portability.

This can be far more practical than binging on a book and trying to remember everything you read (aka information overload).

By doing this you have more time to "digest" what you read and gradually apply the book to your life.

This leaves you with only minutes of study and over 23 hours of practice.

Learn To Write For Yourself

Nobody will know you more than you know yourself. Writing will help you understand that.

I perform two writing exercises every single day. Both exercises only take about five to fifteen minutes each.

But they will both improve your life dramatically.

The first exercise will allow you to find your personal strengths/weaknesses and help improve yourself and your relationships.

The second exercise is more therapeutic as it will increase creativity and help organize your thoughts.

Evernote is a great app to use. Make sure to give both exercises their own notebook.

1) Performance Notebook. In this notebook you will write down anything that increased your performance or decreased your performance. You will also write any pertinent info on your social circles to improve your relationship performance.

On a single "page" I will write about a few categories. My categories are notes, physique, mindset, social and relationship.

A single day looks similar to this:

Notes: "You can get everything you want out of life. If you help enough people get what they want. (That's in your favor) - Zig Ziglar

Physique: Performed better on bench press after shrugs. Much calmer, deeper voice after taking Red-pct supplement; lasts all day. Drank monster, crash isn't worth it.

Mindset: Great mood today. Heard amber alert, killed my mood dramatically.

Social: Using "you" and "your" in conversation makes people gravitate more to me. [Friend] looking for IT job, I'll contact someone I know who can help.

Take a look at what I've written. Very easily you can see tips and tricks about myself and my body. As well as how I can improve my immediate relationships.

When you seek out and write this information, you undeniably find ways to improve yourself and your life every single day.

And it only takes minutes to write.

2) Creativity Notebook. In this notebook you will have no rules or guidelines. All you will do is these three steps:

  1. Pull out your phone
  2. Go on your word processing app
  3. Write anything for 5 to 15 minutes

No bounds on what you write.

It can be as pointless and dumb as writing about a pink turtle-elephant. As X-rated as fucking your wife's sister. Or something as helpful as what you're reading now.

Sometimes when I sit in the sauna, I'll pull out my phone and write out all of my options for completing a goal. By the time I finish I've written up a clear, cohesive path of what to do.

When you do this you are organizing your thoughts.

You can call it "meditative writing". Because you write your way to your answer. And this has a calming effect.

No more garbled ideas going in different directions. Now you have a roadmap.

You can also use a voice recording app and speak to yourself. You never really know what you'll have the courage to say.

When To Do These Exercises

All of these exercises can be done at any time.

I get my reading done in the mornings after I shower and before any obligations.

Here are three books I intend to read by the end of this year:

I write in my performance notebook moments after I notice something new about myself or those around me. Otherwise I write in it by the end of the day.

And I write in my creativity notebook whenever I find a few quiet minutes to myself. This tends to be during down-time or in the evening.

The best part? All of these exercises only take minutes to do.

But the knowledge you accumulate and apply will help you improve in small ways daily.

Thanks for reading.

See you next time,

- Rich

 

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