For those of you that are new to this blog, my soul purpose here is to document my 3-year self-development plan, which in turn allows me to make the first step on England Coast Path on a day of its completion. Before I make my first step on this path, I want to know with absolute certainty, that I am a better person today, than I was three years ago. 

Thru-hiking 2795 miles of this path would mark something for me. I still haven’t found words to describe it – perhaps they will come with time. But just to reach that deadline of 2020 being able to look back at the last 3 years and be truly happy with what I have achieved throughout this stretch of time, will probably be the greatest achievement of my life.

by Vinga

My Answer to Keeping Myself on the Right Track

And here I am, starting up a personal development/natural health/hiking blog. Seriously, you couldn’t find a better person for this task! Let me make a confession: I am an unemployed artist (no current gallery representation) who spent years philosophising, researching and experimenting (on myself, mainly) on various self-development methods. I am fascinated by the subject – so fascinated in fact, that whenever I try some great method to improve myself, and it works wonders, I just have to stop doing it and employ another method, just to check if that one would work as well! So how about, collecting all those methods that DID work, and truly ingraining them into my system? 

To add to the lack of my focus, my fiancée and I have just done some calculations, and not so shockingly found out that we are in a financial shit hole. Very serious, very bad one. Completing just a few paths this summer is going to be difficult, it looks like I might have to carry 8 kilos (17 pounds) of 4 people tent on my back because I still haven’t bought a proper hiking tent… I am awfully grateful for at least have that one! well, if it comes to that, I’ll let you know how it goes :) 

As for either Santiago de Compostela or National Scottish Trail for the summer of 2018 – well, I’ll just have to do some work for it – less blogging, more doing! Or, more doing AND more blogging! 

My challenge here is to utilise every minute of the day to the maximum, so I am able to do what I set out to do. 

Compared to so many people, I’m half way there. I am a lot more organised and a lot more focused than what I used to be just six months ago. I don’t watch TV. I used to watch a lot of movies, but now an occasional film only happens once in a blue moon. I don’t spend more than 10 minutes a week on updating my Facebook; I use twitter maybe once in 3 months… (this might increase with my exercises and blogging), I’m always doing something, that I THINK is useful! But here is the problem – doing something does not equal pursuing your goal with utmost efficiency. Target my doings, and target them well, this is what I have to employ as tactics to achieve my goals. 

It feels amazing to have a day like that – where all your time was placed in a right direction. I have had weeks like this (more about what I done to achieve this level of focus here), and what is more amazing – once you get into that rhythm, you feel a lot more energised, and your sleep quality improves greatly.

Research – one of the great examples of untargeted doing. I have probably done enough research to last me the rest of my life! Well, maybe not that long. The sad truth is, if you truly want to achieve something, every research has to be extremely targeted no matter how interesting things get. Lately, I got a lot better at it, probably owing to the fact that I finally understood that the time I spend researching, is time that I’m Not Doing. Start counting it like that, because it’s the Doing that will get you to your goal, and not the research. I believe you only need to do as much research as it takes to make your path to your goal shorter. As soon as it starts taking over the valuable time of Doing, it takes you further and further away from your goal.

Continually ask yourself if what you are doing at this moment is targeted – or is it just interesting? Interesting is great, but it’s only great if you are not targeting your time to achieve a specific goal.

Interesting things are what used to keep me up at night. They still do, just not as often.

 I read some fascinating article about sapphires, and I want to read on more and more… and after I’m done with reading, I go to bed, and a million and one questions keep shooting through my head, and my hand is continually in some reflex mode to grab my phone and just google it!

Here are two quick steps to control this habit.

  1. Make it a rule to yourself to stop reading about "interesting things" 2 hours before you go to sleep.  
  2. Make it a habit to meditate for at least 5 minutes before bedtime.

These two combined work extremely well to combat unnecessary tiredness and lack of sleep. But you may need more to combat  distractions throughout the day. My answer: Accountability.

I never felt like blogging was for me. Sure, I loved writing - but it's completely different from sharing your work for the world to see. Until I realised, that without accountability, I lack motivation. 

I wholeheartedly believe, that writing this blog will make me accountable not only to myself but also to my readers. I am a lot more likely to achieve what I set out to do – and for that, I’m grateful to you.

Although I am not planning to post my timetable every-single-day on this blog, I will surely keep you updated with tangible personal development results. 

I find this tactic works for me. If you want to try something similar, but don’t want to run a blog – there are plenty of other ways of exposing your work to people who care, creating a dedicated Facebook page, starting a video log on YouTube, twitter, Tumblr, Instagram – there are plenty of social platforms to choose from. This not only connects you to people who are interested in your work but is also one of the best ways of improving your confidence. This especially goes for YouTubers – as on video you are revealing all your expressions, the manner in which you speak, the way you laugh, the way you cry – if it comes to that. People have conquered countless insecurities and self-doubt just by vlogging. They stopped caring so much about what other people think of them and started enjoying being who they are. 

It doesn't matter how many people saw your post - as long as it's there, in writing and in public. If you have the support of your friends, that's great! If not - who cares! There are plenty of people out in the world that may resonate with your goals better than any of your "real" life friends. 

If you ever decide to try it, I will be curious to know about your experiences - good or bad, so if you feel like sharing it - drop me a message here. Wonderful stories emerged from those exposures, and if you decide to go for it, I truly wish you a wonderful journey!

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