Let’s face it, the inter-connectivity of the world has us constantly wondering about our “internet profile.” What do people see when they find us online, whether it be Facebook, Youtube, LinkedIn, or that very obscure Russian dating site ComradeForLife.com that you were desperate to try after a few bad dates?
This has us stressed, desperately trying to create a persona for the people to see.
This is the true me! You triumphantly proclaim. I’m just this down to earth guy/gal that has all sorts of interests and is sometimes a little crazy!
This all may be true, even annoyingly so, but so many times we are caught chasing our tails, putting up pictures, posts, images, etc, and editing everything to our liking that we don’t realize that if we were to just stop, we could actually be focusing on the kinds of activities that result in wholesome self knowledge and which to lead to more genuine living.
Think of the kind of person you were 10 years ago. 5 years ago. Even a short amount of time like this day last year. Odds are you were a different kind of person in some ways, being involved in different projects.
To take on the challenges we face each day we recreate ourselves through learning. We educate ourselves on what we need to in order to complete our work.
Thing is, as time moves forward, so do the problems we face. We run the risk of forgetting things that were once imperative. Things that may be useful to have knowledge of later.
Learning is a strange thing. So often its main use is to make us useful for our current situation, even if that means learning to forget other things that get in the way.
Here are 6 ways, though, to make the important things last.
Look around you. Is the room you are in, the objects within it, the temperature, the people, making you a better person? If not, don’t waste energy on trying to change yourself and fighting against the current. Simply change the room and you’ll find yourself changing accordingly.
I first noticed my obsession with self improvement in a college cafeteria. While training for an upcoming track meet, I was bound and determined to eat enough each night to recover from my grueling workouts. I mentioned to a friend of mine that I like to eat a small salad before the main course because I noticed I can eat more if I do so, kind of like warming my stomach up for the main workout.
He burst out laughing, no doubt amused by me not only being the kind of person to pay close enough attention to these details, but to also be treating it like a science.
I imagine that to many of those seeking self improvement this story doesn’t seem so far-fetched, because the ability to improve takes both self awareness and self control.
All of us have our vices. Some of us like to eat that bag of donuts right after a workout while others stay up late watching reruns of TV shows.
Not a single one of us is perfectly efficient one hundred percent of the time, and we shouldn’t be either. It is useful though to get rid of some of those activities or habits that tend to hamstring us when we want to get better at something.
Here at 10 of those actions that keep us from reaching our learning potential.