This last week I have been reading about 5 books at the same time, yes I know it’s pretty bizarre and some might consider this crazy and chaotic but hey that’s me!
My book reading strategy is simple, I know myself and I know I easily lose interest in certain things and subjects after a while, so instead of focusing on 1 book, I read several at the same time so that if I get bored with a paragraph, I pick another book and start reading that one. I do this because I know that I will read that boring paragraph better and more attentively if I read it again tomorrow with a fresh mind.
This strategy ensures that I actually finish all 5 books and also that my learning accelerates, because these books are not novels or entertainment, those 5 books are all personal development books.
In one book I found out that in order to be successful in life you need to start by getting to know yourself. The best way to get to know yourself is to list your strengths and your weaknesses.
This is a strategy that I have heard over and over again in my professional life and I’ve read in many books but I don’t believe I have done it these last few years so I thought, this is the perfect time to do it!
|Analytical mind||Planning (or a lack thereof)|
|Comfortable in new situations||Fear of failure|
|Passionate||Fear of being criticized|
|Ambitious||Tend to explode or run away when being pressured|
|Strong in mind and body||Not sure how to deal with others emotions|
So this is what I have come up with, I’m sure there are more, but these sounded like the key ones to look at.
My first weakness is one I would like to elaborate on as I am going through that one right now and I want to show everyone that I’m a normal person and this happens to me too.
The Fast Track was amazing for me especially on the goal and planning part. The plan for the day was made for us and it was easy to just follow the plan and if necessary adapt to be able to fit the plan.
Now that I’m home however, the planning is up to me and that is one of those weaknesses. I have made plans before, but never seemed to be able to follow them fully. There is always a point at which I lose track of the planning and start doing something else. This is however only in my personal life, not in professional life, amazingly enough I am very good at planning and keeping the planning when I’m getting paid for it! (aha motivation, might I be a LBI when it comes to planning?)
Since I got back from the UK I have not made a plan yet and as a result Fresco has been having a nice break these last 2 days and he’s loving it, while I’m feeling guilty about not progressing in my horsemanship now that I’m home!
Before I went on the Fast Track I also kind of committed to putting a plan together for Missy as well, because I have not done much with her for the last 5 months, but that is also something I did not get around to do yet. Aiaiaiai I need to kick myself!
The weekly goals at the Fast Track were very helpful, but somehow I did not manage 1 full week to reach all my goals for that week.
This is something I also go through at home and I wanted to analyze how this happens and why, so that I can improve that weakness.
I remember that 1 goal that I did reach and how good it felt to reach it, so how come that good feeling is not motivating me to reach another goal? I have several suspicions, the first one is that I have too many goals (that’s the easy one) or the goals are too difficult to be realistic, secondly I have this fear of failure that actually blocks me from getting to my goal.
I believe the last one is spot on and although I know it, I still have difficulties getting myself to move.
Procrastination is the result of this fear, for those of you that have read Stephanie Burns’ book, you know exactly what I mean. Fear has taken over my mind and is keeping me from reaching exactly that what I want to reach so badly.
So here we have the 3rd weakness at play, wow how amazing!
So that means that those 3 weaknesses are connected which hopefully means that if I improve one, the others will automatically improve as well? Hey this blog is useful for mirroring myself!
Ok so I believe I have done enough self-reflecting for the day, now it’s time to move my a** and start doing something!
So again, thank you for reading and I’ll let you know how the plan goes, if at least I don’t forget about the plan? 🙂