Personal Development

Principle #3: Maintain Balance (The ABCs of Self-Development)

This category is a bit harder to describe than the previous two, partly because it’s so ubiquitous (how do you explain water to a fish?) In a nutshell, it has to do with balancing opposing forces in order to establish harmony. It is characterized by equilibrium but also by paradox. In many ways, it is axiomatic because it describes how the world is ordered and the natural rhythm of life. It’s the philosophy behind the Yin Yang symbol. Here are a few concrete examples…

Principle #2: Get Clarity (The ABCs of Self-Development)

If you browse the self-help section of almost any bookstore, there seem to be nearly infinite principles, strategies and tips for living well.

But it goes deeper than self-help. Psychology, religion, philosophy and other fields all offer advice for how we ought to conduct ourselves and treat others: Meditate. Be more productive. Journal. Live in the now. Love thy neighbor. Be more assertive. Practice gratitude. Never be satisfied. Focus on the positive. Prepare for the worst case scenario. Be self-aware. Accept yourself.

It can be overwhelming.

But what if there are far fewer self-improvement principles than we think there are?

Principle #1: Pay Attention (The ABCs of Self-Development)

If you look at the self-help section of almost any bookstore, there seem to be nearly infinite principles, strategies and tips for living well. But is this really the case? What if there are far fewer life principles than we think there are?

Being a student of personal development and other related fields for the past 15 years, I’ve been exposed to a massive amount of ideas. Recently, I’ve been thinking about the best way to organize this information in order to make sense of it all…

My 100 Day Project

Starting Monday, July 2nd, I’ll be blogging every weekday for 100 days straight.

This decision was inspired by my wife, Vanessa, who participated in #The100DayProject spearheaded by Elle Luna.

There are two reasons why I feel this is important at this time:

  1. It will help me write more consistently by keeping me more publicly accountable.
  2. It will give me an opportunity to flesh out and organize the 400+ notes I have in my phone -- something I've been meaning to do for a while.

What are these notes I speak of?

I use the Notes app on my phone to jot down ideas, thoughts and questions I have throughout the day.

These notes cover a variety of topics, ranging from psychology and philosophy to evolutionary biology and learning techniques. They cover a span of about seven years of my life.

Some of these notes are questions I have. Some are theories I’ve come up with. Others are thoughts that popped into my mind while reading. Many of them are just me trying to connect the dots between ideas.

Generally, most of my notes consist of me trying to sort out my thoughts about things. I’m hoping your commentary will help me with this.

Follow this project

If you‘d like to follow this project, turn on post notifications on my Instagram page to get updates when I post. Instagram has become a noisy and distracting place lately so unless you turn on post notifications, you probably won’t see when I post.

I’d also love to hear your thoughts on my individual posts -- positive, negative or indifferent. Your feedback will help me develop my ideas a bit more and shape the content of the book I am writing.

I am grateful for those of you who continue to find value in my work and engage with it. I hope this project is a source of even richer, deeper, and more eclectic content for you.

P.S. Yes, I will still be doing the podcast. By the way, have you listened to my latest episode with Jim Kwik? (Up next: Gretchen Rubin)!