Reading Franklin’s book and a conversation I recently had with a good friend of mine, made me realize that I can do much more to improve my habits such that I can accomplish my goals more effectively. To that end, I am considering how to implement the habit of self-reflection for the goal of self-improvement. Like Franklin, I recognize that this needs to be a daily practice. For it to work, I need to find a regular time and place to review. It would be great if I could include my family in on this, just not sure how to implement so that we all could gain value from it. Maybe start every morning off with a discussion on how to make today a “Great” day and get them to start thinking, not so much about specific goals and activities, but behaviors that will make the day great (not that thinking about specific goals is a bad thing). But ideally, I should not get any grandiose ideas about developing a self-reflection system. The bigger it is, the harder it will be for me to develop the habit quickly. If I start small and work at improving the system over time, the greater chance it will be a success.
What type of habits do I want to focus on in myself? Here’s a start to the list in no particular order:
- Principled living
- Purpose driven