Another “Hackable Me” post, which for the newbies is a few words on incremental personal self-improvement: a personal hack of mind-body-soul to ultimately better myself. I’m not a DIY, fixer-upper, read-this-book-to-change-your-life sort of self-improvement guy. On the other hand I tend to consider that (a) publicly scrutinized goals and (b) introspective evaluation of those goals through words tends to lead to making me a better person. This is some words to do with that.
The Art of the Hack, Revisited
And once again the effort to balance a winter of quasi-hibernation and less-than-optimal nutritional habits has mashed against the reality of a whole variety of external quantifiers.
My effort of three years ago –and, yes, it has been three years now– is not regressed to anything resembling a previous error-state, but then I don’t intend to let it. The current extrapolation seems inclined in that direction, however. The third anniversary of my epic life-altering hackable summer seems ideal as a release date for a sequel.
The Hack of the Weekly Check-in
How do you do these amazing thing, they ask. What’s your secret?
Something I’ve learned in those intervening three years is that (a) I should have kept more careful notes on my success and (b) those notes would have been of immense value to the hundreds of people who have asked me for some kind of secret formula when I was done.
There isn’t one. But I do think it would have been nice to have been able to hold up a few pages of awesomeness in blogging to be able to say, look, it’s simple… eat more, exercise less… or is it the other way round?
See, I barely even remember anymore myself.
Thus, I’m committing to committing, by committing to this: a weekly hack check-in. And this commitment also just happens to neatly be the first of the weekly hacks of which I’m going to so vaguely write about. Each week, I’m going to re-invigorate my own efforts with a simple rule that I follow here. On this blog. In this space. In a new category I’m launching today: Health & Well-Being. If you want to follow them, too… cool. But this isn’t advice. It’s just what I’m doing for me… selfishly. So, all I’m claiming is that it works (or worked at one point) for me and I’m going to try it again. Buyer beware. Disclaimer, end.
What does public accountability mean, exactly?
I sit here on my couch, laptop on my knees while I try not to get distracted by the television and each word I type out into this space, a public space, read by an audience numbering in the (well, let’s be honest) dozens. Each of you keeps me honest. Why? Because I ‘m not interested in failing any of you. Plus, there is a little nugget in my soul that is something of a showman… an entertainer… a storyteller and a performer of sorts, and the show must go on. The narrative must continue, and if I fail, then the story ends. Or worse, the story has a tragic conclusion. And no one wants to read that, right?