Curious

He is the crazy mastermind behind coaching/consulting practice Protagonist and serves as lead Valor Consultant. With his sharp mind, specialized training, and deep empathy, he guides others toward what they really want out of their business . . . and has fun with them along the way. Life should be fun, after all! Curious is also a serial entrepreneur who centers his projects on bettering the lives of others.
He is the crazy mastermind behind coaching/consulting practice Protagonist and serves as lead Valor Consultant. With his sharp mind, specialized training, and deep empathy, he guides others toward what they really want out of their business . . . and has fun with them along the way. Life should be fun, after all! Curious is also a serial entrepreneur who centers his projects on bettering the lives of others.
Reflection on Week Four

Okay. So I missed the reflection piece last week. That happened. At this point I don’t even remember why I couldn’t fit it in. Let this be a lesson in priority, Curious: if you can’t even remember why you didn’t do something, then it probably wasn’t all that important in the first place.

All in all, though, I have journaled every night for the last three weeks. That puts me a little more than a week out from accomplishing my first publicly tracked goal! Woo! In a previous post, I mentioned the boon that came out of the lack of premeditated structure for this habit. That sentiment still stands. Letting your thoughts frolick (or trundle, depending on the evening) onto the page makes this habit so much easier to maintain and actually a little more engaging in certain respects. Let me detail an example quick.

There was one bit last week where I started out thinking I didn’t have a whole lot to write that evening—just not much of substance floating in the ether of my skull. While I will continue to keep my journaled thoughts private, I will mention that I ended up writing a question to myself that prompted me into filling most of the page. With one little question that came to mind while writing the two lines I thought I had at most, I uncovered some powerful insight. The rest of that page helped me better understand something about my life through simple deduction.

If I had stuck to a standard template of what to write about, chances are I would not have come across that insight at all.

Now, I understand the arguments for both sides of the structure augment. If I had stuck with a template, I may not have ever come up with the insights from that night. However, if I had decided on a structure for my journaling, I may have stumbled across something completely different due to having a set focus from the beginning. I don’t have any pressing things on my mind that require that kind of intense scrutiny at the moment, so it makes sense to just continue jotting down what comes to mind. I will continue to do so.

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Journaling – Week Two Thoughts

This was certainly an interesting week, with the eclipse making people do weird things and maybe affecting my energies. It was strange; the day after the eclipse I was super tired and dizzy, and I could not tell you why. Anywho…

I managed to journal every day this last week! Hooray for me! I realized that having a complete lack of structure can be a good thing sometimes. Being able to write about what came to mind, instead of pigeonholing myself into a specific topic, definitely made things less difficult. Some nights I wrote shorter entries, but the exercise right now is to just write to get into the habit. Once the habit is solid (remember, 30 straight nights without any missed), I can focus on doing more with it and shaping it as a tool. For now, it’s really just nice to write. That’s another discovery for me: I do like writing. It just depends on context and parameters.

This experiment has been fun so far. I look forward to continuing and seeing what else bubbles to the surface as we progress!

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Week One – A Success?

Week One – A Success?

My, what a long, quick week this has been! Due to my participation in a kaizen event for my day job, the week was much shorter than I am used to, at least in terms of my free time. Fifty-five hours of ‘normal’ work eat up a lot of time when you factor in a commute and sleep. Nonetheless, I only missed two nights out of the week for journaling.

When I started this habit, I was of the mindset that it would be relatively easy to pick up, but maybe not the easiest to maintain. The concept ‘easily done is also easily not done’ came to mind. Frankly, ten minutes a night to jot down some thoughts is not a huge time commitment. The reason I missed two nights was simply that I was completely brain-dead and exhausted from the day’s earlier activities. The take-away there is that we can’t always control our circumstances, but we can always learn something from them—if we take the time to do so.

As a final thought—having done what I was able to do over the week, I found some insights into questions I wanted to ask as well as other activities that needed doing. The writing process allowed me to draw out small ideas that normal thinking did not.

Here’s to week two!

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Journaling – A Noble Goal?

Finally! I am taking action to start a habit that I think will benefit me greatly. For a few years, I have kept hearing about the power of this one simple habit and, while I have employed it on and off to some degree, I don’t think I have realized how powerful it is without the simple act of repetition.

What am I talking about? Journaling.

Not necessarily the kind of journaling that might come to mind immediately – with musings about romance, and how rainy it was, etc. Maybe a touch of that here and there, but overall the content of the journal will be mostly reflection on the day. What went well, what was hard, what was unexpected, and most importantly, why. The plan is to gain deeper insights into myself and my life through 10-15 minutes of journaling daily, getting my thoughts and questions on paper to better process them and get my mind more engaged. It is through this simple (yet surprisingly hard) routine that I intend to take my life to the next echelon and make strides both personally and professionally.

I invite you to follow along in my journey of self improvement. Every week I will post an update that will be a reflection on just the process and habit (reflection on reflection, anyone? ).

Buckle up. ‘Cause here we go!

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