I read a story about a man who was overweight, in bad health, and very discouraged. One day, he’d had enough. He got up off the couch, went outside, and walked to the end of his block and back. The next day, he walked halfway around the block. And so on, until he’d run a 5K, then a 10K, then a half marathon, and then a marathon! If you want to succeed, but can’t get started, pick just one of the following personal development activities. Start small. Master that activity. Then pick another one. Before you know it, you’ll be succeeding.
We are either progressing or retrograding all the while; there is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life. James Freeman Clarke Tweet This
Here are a few personal development activities that are helping me succeed. I fall on my face many times, but over time, with God’s help, I’m progressing. I wanted to share my own personal development activities so that you can get to know me better. But then I will want to hear from you in the comments below!
I recently went through my Google Reader and pruned my blogs from hundreds to about twenty. I’ve picked top blogs in my niche interest areas of Discovering Life and Career Purpose; Building Personal Development Plans; Individual and Personal Branding; and Growing Personal Leadership. I also read blogs specific to my professional interests of the autism spectrum, attention deficit disorder, and mental health. And I like to read blogs and books that challenge me to grow spiritually.
I talk a lot on this blog about discovering and building upon your strengths. But I find it’s just as important for me to focus on my weaknesses. Journaling helps me get my thoughts down on paper. When I write, I gain perspective on my own thoughts and feelings. I learn what I need. I reflect on my daily victories, but also my personal shortcomings. I record at least 10 things I’m grateful for.
My morning routine is my golden hour. It’s the hour that sets the compass for the rest of the day. I try to rise at 6 am. From 6 to 630 I drink my coffee and sit in silence. I’ll also read Scripture to focus my heart and mind, and I will pray to connect with God. From 630 to 7, I exercise. I use my GAIN Fitness app for strength training every other day. And I use RunKeeperto track my 30 minute runs every other morning. (Neither of those links are affiliate links 🙂 From 7-730: Shower, Dress, Quick Social Media moments on my computer. 730 to 8: Prep my son for school and catch up on miscellaneous activity before going out the door.
I learned about evening routines when I researched better sleep tips. And The Art of Manliness blog also inspired me with this article. Here’s my evening routine: 930 pm to 10 pm: Review personal mission, vision, and goals. I like to use MindBloom to visualize my goals and take new actions toward accomplishing them. I also like to add pictures to my Vision Board on Pinterest. 10 pm to 1015 pm: Take time to lay out my clothes and other items for the next morning. This saves time and hassle. 1015 pm to 1030 pm: Journal and reflection time. 1030 pm to 11 pm: Read light material. Browse news headlines. Or meditate.
I’ve scheduled at least two vacation days per month to give myself time to catch up on home maintenance, balance the budget, and connect with friends. On Sunday evening I like to check and plan for the week ahead. I also check my vision, mission, and goals at least quarterly. Since life has a way of veering me off course, it’s important to make sure that I’m living in line with my values and my personal development plan.
It’s important to pay my blessings forward. I spend time at church each week helping teach Sunday School to a bunch of rowdy first through fifth graders. They teach me as much as I teach them! I also like to work on random acts of kindness that no one else will know about.
I’m learning to open up about shortcomings. I’m sharing them with Christian men in my Bible Study group who hold me accountable to make changes in my life. Unless I tell the truth, intent on changing, I’ll stay the same for too long.
Building My Relationships
I’m a task person more than a relationship person. But I’m working on changing that. This means I schedule time with significant people in my life. I work on scheduling dates with my wife. I work on scheduling one on one time with my daughter and with my son. As a couple, my wife and I focus on having couples over from time to time.These are just a few personal development activities I’m working on. What about you? Please share yours below! photo credit: oddsock