It is easy to think that slow days, or the days you spend in a job that is not your dream, are wasted days. But, the truth is, there is something that you can learn from every day of your life.
One of the major faults I see in people I coach and mentor is they are blinkered to the world around them. It’s a strange thing, like the Observance Dial has been turned down a little on them. But, it’s an easy thing to allow to happen. It’s all part of our Auto-pilot that enables us to cope with life.
Those of us living the Positive Pragmatist life-style need to turn that dial up a notch. Look at the things you do in a day, for a week – perhaps by writing a diary of your activities – and then look back at the things you do, tallying them up.
It might look like this:
Watching TV – 9 hours
Facebook – 4 hours
Working – 30 hours
This will very quickly bring to light the lazy, or unproductive hours you have slipped into. It will allow you to see that even on the slowest days, you will be able to learn something about yourself – maybe it’s your fault that these slow days even exist.
It’s always worth taking stock at the end of the day to look at what you have achieved in that day. Did you figure something out, help a customer, achieve an aim, or come across a new opportunity?
Look at the positive actions and behaviours, and the negative. Decide the actions you want to Stop, and the actions you want to Increase. Remember, it will take 9 repititions of the new actions before they get into the Muscle and feel a little more natural – the more you do them, the easier they will become.
You are an ever evolving creature, able to consciously change who you are (there are some limits, but most behaviours can be learned over time). You can learn new skills – most things can be learned from a Youtube tutorial, a free course, or articles – so you can improve yourself.
Open your eyes to what you are doing with yourself, do not accept that you are who you are – limited by your station in life – and improve the ways in which you behave.
Like any new behaviour, the more observant you become, the easier you will observe yourself and others.
Get out there and grow.