Destructive Behaviors

Ok, it’s time to address the Elephant in the room. There are certain activities and behaviors that add or contribute to the over all success, happiness, and fulfillment of a person. On the flip side, there are a number of enterprises that detract from what was previously stated. I’m going to keep this as vague as possible for a variety of reasons.

Now that I’m back from holiday, I’ve had plenty of time to evaluate what I’ve accomplished this year and what I must do to complete my goals for 2017. Spending time with family, exploring outside, and being away from home helped me clear my mind of distractions. If I want to achieve my goals, there are certain things that gotta go, and new things that must be added.

Habits: The Good and the Bad

They make us and break us, and nearly define us. There are certain habits, positive and negative, that I took part in this year. Let’s start with positive ones because this post is already kind of depressing. Exercising and eating healthy(er…ish) are two habits that I really established this year. Could both of these improve still? Of course, but the important thing to realize is that they are now habitual and I don’t have to really think about doing these tasks. Exercise is nearly a daily occurrence and frankly I flirt with over exertion sometimes.  Eating healthily has greatly improved by cutting out sweets/soda/processed foods and subscribing to a food prep delivery service called Fierro’s Kitchen. I realize that not everyone may have this in their food budget, but for me it makes way too much sense. There are probably other good habits I currently posses, but for now, let’s move on.

The Bad. This can be as trivial as not brushing your teeth before bed to all out binge, destruction, death, and turmoil. The thing to keep in mind is that Everything. Adds. Up. And the sum is time, which is by far your most valuable asset. We’re here a finite amount of time on this little blue rock in the middle of space. Might as well make the most of it! Any habit or behavior that isn’t positive is subtracting from your life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.

Maximize Productivity

These may seem too obvious, but being personally accountable for ALL of one’s actions is still something I need to improve on. Let’s take a look at some habits that I’m hoping to establish this year.

  • Code every day
  • Create an early morning routine
  • Blog every day
  • Clean something, every day
  • Schedule destructive behaviors and stick to them
    • Or replace them with something constructive
  • Learning something new, every day

You may wonder why I want to schedule destructive behaviors. We’ll simply life is too short to not have fun. Fun in contrast is a pretty productive behavior because it contributes to happiness. ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’- have no friends, cries himself to sleep, nights without end. Sure that’s an exaggeration, but in the attempt to schedule certain activities allows me to ‘have my cake and eat it too’. This may be something I evaluate and change later, but for now, I’m going to try this out.

Plan Act Evaluate Improve

Well, that’s the plan. I’ve already acted on many of these things. I will evaluate what is and isn’t working and hopefully improve. This is a repeating cycle and I believe it will start snowballing. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will my dreams, desires, and aspirations. If I want to achieve my goals I have to do this little by little, accumulate knowledge, and be consistent. It seems so simple when saying it out loud (or on a blog) but execution is key. It’s no longer the idea that matters, it’s the implementation. Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t show up. Doing this won’t be easy, but if I’m truly honest with myself, I haven’t worked hard enough yet. This IS going to change.

Thanks again for reading. New posts everyday! Hopefully! 🙂

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ryan Johnson says:

    Nice post Colin!

    Just had a comment on a particular part of this. Maybe I’m interpreting the sentence wrong, but I don’t get the “scheduling destructive activities” bit. To say you want to schedule destructive behaviors, do you mean to include “Fun/non-productive” activities?

    We should probably be drawing a distinction between truly destructive things and normal healthy things like fun and relaxation that you’re doing that are only “bad” because they are not contributing to any goals that you are currently going after.

    Really destructive stuff should be cut out from your life entirely (not scheduled!, haha)

    I think I see the overall point that was made. If you have goals, counterproductive actions should be time-boxed, so that you really put in the work to reach those goals.

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