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And then, I Started Writing

It’s been quite a while since I wrote something on this blank white page of Medium. When I first started writing I never understood why people said this page was intimidating. Today I got it. Today I spent a lot of time wondering what to write about, what I wanted to say, what impact I wanted to have.

It wasn’t fun. However, I had a solution. When I want to focus on writing or school work I have some triggers to get me started and from there it’s easy. Getting started is the hardest part of anything.

I put on some piano music (Musicalbasics) like I always do. The blank white page of Medium was too overwhelming so I grabbed a pen and paper and started asking myself questions. In one small page I rediscovered a purpose of writing. I thought of multiple series ideas to keep me focused and avoid burning out on just one thing.

And then I started writing.

Of course I have a purpose behind why I write. Almost every writer does. It’s a huge part of why we do this. We have a message that we want to bring into the world. But that was never the focus for me.

My writing started almost one year ago in the form of a series I called “Conquering my Monkey Mind.” I wanted to understand more about myself and the way my mind worked. I wanted to be in control of my thoughts and my self. I think I made some significant progress in those first 30 days. Then I kind of lost momentum. I thought hey, I’ve been doing pretty good lately, this must have worked. I must be in control now.

I was not. So now I’m back again. Putting words on paper, or at least the digital equivalent, and trying to look at myself from the new perspectives I’ve gained.

Self improvement is a journey that never ends.

That scares the hell out of a lot of people.

Self improvement has a weird reputation. A lot of people discount it as a sham by people trying to sell books.

Some people think of it as lowly as going to a therapist (which is another thing with a bad reputation for no reason).

Some people invest everything they have into self improvement to feel good.

This last one was me for a long time. I would watch Gary Vaynerchuk and get pumped up about life, think of all the things I want to do, and never act on it. I would read Ryan Holiday and believe I was a changed person, and do the same things I always did. I would listen to Tim Ferris and get a better understanding of myself, and never do anything with it.

Self improvement was like a treadmill. I was running but never moving out of place. Never actually getting anywhere.

Here’s the thing though, the point of a treadmill isn’t to get anywhere.

You don’t jump on the treadmill and get confused about why you’re not actually moving forward. You know it stays still. You’re on the treadmill to strengthen yourself so that you can actually go places easier in the future.

All that time I spent watching the greats I was still making connections, learning, knowing myself, finding my strengths. I wasn’t at a point in my life where I needed to be moving forward. I just needed to make sure I was ready for it when the opportunity came.

Self improvement isn’t about making leaps and bounds. It’s the small things. Continuous 2% changes.

Not big overwhelming overhauls of how you live. Not restricting yourself to tofu and kale because you had a burger. Not buying a big calendar, fancy agenda, and penciling in your day like a CEO because you’re late often. Not buying a year of gym membership because you spend too much time on the couch.

Self improvement is saying no to the burger one in five times, making sure you’re on time for one or two things that matter, doing 5 minutes of exercise at home. Then being consistent with those. Once you have that incorporated into your life you build on another 2%.

The goal isn’t even to add up to 100%. There is no completion date. No point where you should stop. Why limit yourself like that? 2% changes are small enough that it’s never going to be too much for you to handle. 6 years down the road and a 2% change may be an unthinkable task for where you are at now. For your future self it’s just 2%. Not a big deal.

Want to learn how to make 2% changes? Follow along as I take a look at how to identify useful changes, how to stick to them, how to stay consistent, and more.