Revision - 2.1.21

"And it ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things, because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new." (Niccolo Machiavelli, source)

It can be incredibly difficult to start new things. There is a great uphill climb, and can be varying degrees of opposition.

I'm a huge fan of revision. New ideas come as infants, requiring care and time to self-actualize and mature. Many people say they will start to exercise or diet, only to give up or slip back into the comfortable status quo. More often, many forget. I've found the greatest progression in life to be from revision. For example, I try a new routine, such as scheduling, and ask 'how could this be improved?'

When someone starts exercising, they may not fully know the best exercises for them. They may want to just come up with arbitrary goals, like "walk 5 miles every day" just to put something down. But maybe walking isn't what would be most effective. Maybe the person would enjoy the treadmill more, or the exercise bike. Maybe its too much.

Revision is about making better and not compromising. It requires that one know why they started in the first place, and continually improving and refining methods to get there. It's much easier than simply jumping into new routines, and it permits new routines to be effective.

I've been inspired by hearing from various entrepreneurs this week that I must revise my routine. For copyright and privacy reasons, I'm a bit skeptical of going into detail or sharing links. I can however share my own thoughts, and where I now individually feel about moving forward.

I'm implementing the following new things into my routine, or more fully implementing them:

  1. Meditation

  2. Reading books

  3. Re-defining long-term goals

Meditation and reading books has helped increase focus, and helped me to work more efficiently. It may seem counter-productive to read, as one could be using that extra hour to work. But I find that it improves the time and effectiveness of the rest of the day.

Re-defining long-term goals has also helped. It has given greater clarity, and more direction on current projects.

Thank you for your time.