“If you have ever tried to quit anything highly addictive, you can attest that it is a process and it is a very complex web of triggers, motivations, responses and reinforcing habits.”
I have always been somewhat obsessed with what I have coined “The relentless pursuit of better.”
Upon that journey in my lifetime, as I was just discovering my own unique strengths, weaknesses and love for personal development I was lucky enough to have read these books.
Those Three Books Are:
1. The Talent Code
2. The Power of Habit
3. Atomic Habits
These books have connected many dots for me and gave me the context of “why” things are the way they are when it comes to habits and our personal outcomes in life or any endeavor for that matter.
I had always understood the power of routine and that if you wanted something you had to first take the actions to get there and to take the actions to get there you have to deliberately plan or map it out. Then try, fail, adjust, try again, fail, adjust again until you finally came to a solution or habit that stuck.
“Watching and observing who succeeded, why they succeeded, who failed and why they failed. It was enlightening to say the least.“
When I say “dance with” a concept, I mean using many opportunities in life to experiment, learn, implement, adapt etc…
How to form lasting habits (or get rid of “bad” habits) was an early obsession of mine and I have had the opportunity to not only learn and observe on myself, but also in helping thousands of people. Watching and observing who succeeded, why they succeeded, who failed and why they failed. It was enlightening to say the least.
“Think of habits like ski tracks in the snow. The longer you have enforced the habit or pattern the deeper the grooves. Repetition. Now imagine time+repetition. Imagine how deep those grooves are after years and years of repetitively doing some (good or bad).”
Over the years I have tried every planner in the world but inevitably something always felt highly against the grain for me to execute over a very long period of time.
Anyone into personal development has probably experienced this whether you care to admit it or not.
“I needed something a bit more “Macro.”
I took stock of what I deemed as “Macro” daily goals that if I were to take my focus off of any and all outcomes and solely put my energy into showing up every day and doing, and came up with my “Personal Wellness Pyramid.”
These are my priorities of non-negotiables with myself with a heavy emphasis on the mind, body and spirit.
Personal Wellness Pyramid – These are my priorities of non-negotiables with myself with a heavy emphasis on the mind, body and spirit.
Around the same time a very influential friend of mine, Charles made me this beautiful hand made one of a kind laser etched show piece.
This specific quote is one of my all time most impactful quotes on my mindset and the way I view myself and the world. I was blown away by the beauty and quality of the custom-made plaque and the attention to detail he took in crafting it.
Sometimes in life there are people who make an incredible impact on you and beyond encouraging you, they shift your complete path and course.
The system I was using with putting a check mark on my whiteboard was working, but I am always looking introspectively to see if there are any ways to behaviorally make things easier for myself, more natural and in line with how I naturally take action and solve problems uniquely.
I was looking around and my eyes were drawn to this abacus that my daughters had played with. I thought “what a neat way to track and count.” The ease of just sliding the bead over from one side to another was engaging, tangible and fun and providing the dopamine hit similar to that which you get when crossing something off of your to-do list.
As I was meditating the very next day, the idea seemingly floated right from the universe into my mind as a tiny bubble,
“What a fun way to combine many things in my life to create something useful that others can use to accomplish more.”
That was the day the idea was born. I immediately began experimenting with what this might look like. I drew up my first rendition of the proof of concept and fell in love immediately.
Charles was the first person I called with the idea. Charles and I shared the same interests in psychology, habits, philosophy and optimizing our human potential. It wasn’t long after that Charles had produced the first digital CAD drawing, bringing my idea to life in the way only Charles could do.
THE FIRST DRAFT
CHARLES WORKING HIS
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