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A Few of My Favorite Nuggets From My 30 Day Plan

April 20, 2011 Leave a comment

How to Win Friends and Influence People:

Don’t criticize, condemn, or complain: This may be the most promising nugget of information that I can use over and over in the entirety of the material I have gone through. The idea here is basically: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” An extremely simple concept that many of us forget each day.

It’s easy to fall into criticizing a boss/friend/co-worker/significant other behind their backs or shoot down someone’s ideas without thinking about it and without offering any better alternatives. This type of behavior is counter productive and fosters a lot of negativity.

I am going to try my hardest to avoid criticizing, condemning, and complaining for all 30 days and and at least recognize when it is happening to stop it in the future.

Smile: This is also so basic but still so important. Find ways to genuinely smile, it will make you happier and make it easier for the people around you to get along with you. It’s easy to forget the most basic things like smiling and joking around when you get caught up in projects, but that is the spirit that helps keep you energized and avoid burning out.

Think and Grow Rich:

Napolean Hill’s Self-Confidence formula: The formula involves creating thoughts based around the goals you want to achieve. The idea here is to envision your future successful self for 30 minutes a day. Write a script that you repeat to yourself twice a day describing and helping you visualize your ultimate goals. This will, in turn, naturally influence your thoughts and actions in the direction of the goals you hope to achieve.

It sounds a little gimmicky and it reads like a very basic version of “The Secret,” but I have never followed a prescription like this before so I am going into it with an open mind. At the very least it will keep me goal oriented.

Awaken the Giant Within:

I already shared the conviction creation system from ATGW. I will be focusing on fostering one conviction a week spending a few minutes concentrating on it each day.

AWTG’s empowering morning and evening questions: Ask yourself about five questions in the morning and five more in the evening with content along the lines of: “What am I happy/excited/grateful for in my life right now?”

This is a technique that I have used in the past that I had forgotten. It worked very well to keep my thoughts focused on positive things in my life and it genuinely made me happier.

Getting Things Done:

I will be doing my best to follow David Allen’s comprehensive organization system. The system is pretty rigid so I will try use it to the tee for a while, and then adapt it to my own level of comfort, filtering what works and what doesn’t.

The Power of Now:

Tolle’s concept of observing the thinker: The basic assumption of the book is that we are always thinking, even when it is not productive to do so, and that we have a lot to gain by simply “shutting off” when thought isn’t necessary.

Observing the thinker is the process of “watching” your thoughts and recognizing when you don’t need to be thinking. This means all the random things that come into your head, distracting you from focusing on the here and now. After you recognize this excessive thought, try to stop it and bring yourself into the moment. This will help you avoid being lost in your head. It helps clear your mind and restore focus into what you are doing.

Overall a lot of the things I am going to be focusing on are done in an effort to avoid negative thinking and focus on positive goals and being a happier, more productive person. I am excited to get this experiment underway and I’ll let you know how it is going along the way!
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Reading Plan Update

April 5, 2011 Leave a comment

My reading project has taken more time than I anticipated, mostly because I am actively pursuing getting the most out of my reading. I want to understand and retain the material in these books as best I can. I am also taking the most comprehensive notes I have taken on any books in my life.

I am using the “read to lead” mentality and so far it is working out great but the major side effect is what I gain in understanding, I lose in speed. My goal is to finish reading an outlining each book by April 16th. At that point I will post about my 30 plan of action into the world of uber-productivity.