0004: Are You Comfortable With A Dial…Or A Switch?

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Hey there, hero!

A friend of mine just illustrated how he looks at improving your lot over time.

And it made me think of how we often assume that a switch to something new is the answer.

It may be.

But more likely, it’s not a switch, but rather a gradual dialing in to a better approach.

Here’s what I mean by that.


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  1. This idea reminds me of Benjamin Franklin’s method of improving ones self as described in his autobiography. Focusing on one aspect of desired change, just a portion of that aspect even, and for one week at a time work on this one area. Next week another area. For one week you work to intentionally make this a part of your life, like you mentioned listening with intent. Next week while you are focused on the next area, this weeks focus will come a bit more natural. By degrees we better ourselves.

  2. Isn’t life more enjoyable when life is a series of gentle experiments, rather than a bunch of newly final revelatory changes? A lesson I seem to need to learn over and over again… or a practice to continue practicing.

  3. Oh my god, I just came out the other side of this. Last year was a lovely series of incremental dials, and then towards the end I decided to flip a couple switches with what I do–and I’m pretty sure I blew a mental fuse. I’m back to dials now, slowly getting back into the groove of doing what I do best, the simplest way possible, and making only small changes along the way.