Originally, when I came up with my 7 steps to self-improvement, which I call the ideos, I was going to make sure I went Monday through Sunday while being sure to hit on at least one per day. My seven ideos are as follows:
The trouble that I've been having is that I want to make sure that I hit on at least one a day without trying to overwhelm myself with trying to hit on all seven at once. I figure that Self-Reflection should be a must every day, since that Reflection is how you learn to improve in the other six areas. But Self-Reflection in itself is a skill that must be honed and reflected upon in and of itself. I had no idea what trouble I was getting myself into when I came up with my lovely ideos! Upon Reflection, though, it's probably good that I created this challenge for myself!
Truthfully, I think Self-Awareness is perhaps the most important to work on when you're first getting started with this process of self-improvement. It does happen to be the first on this list, but they are simply listed in alphabetical order. Any progression that there seems to be as you read down the list is purely coincidental. I will say if you properly connect the dots about which of the "ideos" lead into another, the list might be a bit differently arranged.
But the beauty of how I have it is that it's flexible. You could easily say: "I'll work on Self-Awareness on Monday, Self-Expression on Tuesday, Self-Forgiveness on Wednesday" and so on. You may plan to go this way this week, then go in the reverse order next week. Back to back days just working on Self-Reliance sounds a bit crummy to me for some reason, though. Self-Expression is, selfishly, probably the one that I'll work on the most. We can all work on improving our Self Expression skills... especially as a writer... believe me.
I might be a good writer, but even with all the talent and skill you may have, there's always room for improvement. There are still certain ideas on my brain that I can't properly express, so I hold them back for now. Sometimes I really struggle to explain why I like a certain thing or how I feel about a certain concept and it's very frustrating. Perhaps it's the imperfection of our language that keeps some people from not being able to communicate clearly, which is why other art forms have developed as outlets. But that's a whole different story...
As you can see, the ideos can easily overlap. Being Self-Aware of your deficiencies in other areas is perhaps the key to best knowing which of the ideos to work on more heavily at first. The process of writing about the ideos as I myself work with them is going to be paramount to this method of self-improvement - gives me plenty to keep me busy!
Today I plan to focus mostly on Self-Awareness and how emotionally, mentally, and spiritually I respond to various things throughout my day. Some people may think their lives are incredibly boring and uninteresting. But if you really look at your life, you will always find something that you were not aware of with yourself before.
There's always something to improve upon, but one thing I must also point out: I also want to focus on positive reactions to things as much as the negative. It's easy to say just do the positive things and eliminate the negative things, but it's more complicated than that.
What you have to do is strive to be a bit more self-aware each day while also working on the other six areas as you go along. If you happen to hit on two or three areas in one day, good for you! The 7 ideos are guidelines, not necessarily pillars. So if you want to go on a daily regimen by focusing on each one or just haphazardly pick areas to work on, it's your choice. In fact, how you choose to go about improving upon yourself is the first step in this whole process, isn't it?
What areas would you choose to work on first?