K.I.S.S (Keep it Simple, Stupid).
In a world where we are able to compare where we are to others constantly- whether that be through social media, our community, schools etc- I find that following positive daily habits that promote 1% growth make me happy.
What do I mean by that?
Again. We live in a world where we can find where we are in the present moment as discouraging and daunting. We see people our age, perhaps former high school classmates, influencers, YouTubers, etc that are fulfilling dreams we see for ourselves.
I know I felt that for a very long time.
The first thing I would do when I woke up was open up Instagram and scroll through the various individuals I could momentarily and vicariously live through.
I would then pan through the never-ending Facebook feed to see people going viral and old friends reaching levels of success I dreamed of.
In college (I got my degree in entrepreneurial studies) I saw students constantly pitching and securing funding for their entrepreneurial ventures.
I felt this constant cycle that I didn’t have “it” whatever “it” was. I had a constantly feeling that I wasn’t going to achieve the dreams in my head.
I’ve always wanted to write and become a published author.
I still do.
I had no idea where to start and it terrified me.
For lack of a better phrase, I had a difficult time seeing the forest for the trees.
I didn’t know where or how to begin my dream.
At first I thought that all great work was conceived in a spontaneous whirlwind of inspiration and creative genius.
I thought my magnum opus would be written not only in one sitting, but in one draft, in one evening with many cigarettes and cups of coffee.
After reading from authors who are where I want to be who shared their struggles with their creative process and the work they create the paradigm for my approach drastically changed and it brought an avalanche of finding happiness in the simple things.
Human beings are creatures of habit. Think about it.
We tend to eat the same food.
We have our cup of coffee in the morning.
We find “comforting” repetition in our jobs.
Even if you are chaotic, I would bet you have a habit of doing so.
With this in mind, I think its imperative to recognize your habits and what they are doing with your life.
- For me, I wake up early in the morning and exercise. Now this is important for me and I find happiness in the fact that I am improving my body by 1% (minimum) by exercising daily.
- After I exercise I meditate. Again, I am improving my mind ever so slightly on a daily basis and knowing that, I find a sense of contentment and happiness.
- After my meditation, I go to my local cafe and write.
- I write on my blog to both practice the art of writing and improve on it.
This was a hard notion for me to wrap my head around: practicing writing. With the arts, I was under the impression that you were either born a good artist or perhaps a poor artist.
It struck me later in life that that was completely preposterous.
Why do we take math classes?
Duh. To get better at math!
Why do we practice with our basketball team before the weekly game?
Hmm. To get better prepared for the game!
Need I go on here?
When I write everyday, I know that some articles will be pretty good.
I also know there will be plenty that are just plain garbage.
That’s how it’s going to be.
As long as I put in the work on a daily basis and work towards just getting 1% better at the craft, where will I be in one year?
I find extreme happiness in such a small goal to get only a small percentage better every day.
It’s understanding and finding a love for the process rather than comparing yourself to others of where you want to be but aren’t.
Instead of comparing yourself to others, why not compare yourself to where you are right now, right here sitting and reading this to one year from now.
Hell, let’s work with an experiment:
Bookmark this post and archive it for future use.
Write down what battles you are conquering right now, today.
Benchmark where you are and then meditate on where you want to be one year from now.
In one year, if you have taken an approach to find happiness in the process of getting 1% better everyday, see how far you have come.
Do it again for two years and then perhaps five years.
I guarantee that if you take the small steps of getting 1% better on a daily basis, the results will shock you.
How do I know this?
After just 8 months of writing on a [near] daily basis, I went from having no clue to what I was doing with writing and promoting said writing to having my first article go viral with 100k views!
I believe this strategy works and will bring you pure happiness in knowing you are improving just a bit, every day.