Posted 06 May 2016 by Chris Farmer
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Get Better Every Day
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to Get Better Every Day.
If you did get a little better, every day, then you would get noticeably better, over the period of a month, and hugely better, over a period of a year.
If you got a little better, every day, can you imagine how great you would be in the next five years?
In theory, people should get better over time. The older they get, the better they should be. But in practice it does not seem to be that way. Many people get worse as they get older, they lose ground. As they get older, they are NOT as good as they were when they were younger. For two reasons, as they get older, many people have less energy and they become more cynical.
But not everyone.
There are people who are as bright and breezy in their seventies, as they ever were in their youth, and they are still making big plans for the future.
Whether you get steadily better or worse, over time, is really down to a personal choice. It is mainly a question of attitude and habits.
Question: How can you be the one who gets steadily better, over time.
1. Get into the habit of trying to get better
Try to get better at typing. Try to get better at comprehending what you read. Try to get better at your sport. Try to get better at gaining the willing cooperation of others.
Getting better does not occur spontaneously.
Getting better takes effort.
2. Learn the small lessons suggested by small failures
Every day you make small errors and omissions: When you do make a small error, then make it your business to learn the correction and then, DON'T REPEAT the same error.
Most people repeat the same error every day, for years!
- They eat the wrong breakfast every day, for years.
- They are late, every day;
- They dress scruffily every day, for years.
Here is a great way to fail: Repeat the same error, every day for years.
Repetition of the same errors every day, creates what we call, "An accumulated disaster".
"The disaster that befell him was the result of years of simple neglect, omission and error. He could have survived that error if he had only done it once. But he did not do it once. He did it every day for years. And the repetition of the same error, over and over, killed his chances".
Try not to repeat any error.
Instead, identify an error, rectify it, and learn the lesson.
If you did learn the lesson and you improved every day, then imagine how great you would be in five years.
We could all get better as we get older. Most people don't, but some people do.
In order to get better as we get older:
Make the conscious effort to try to get better.
Learn the lessons from mistakes.
When you make a simple mistake, like a spelling mistake, then identify it, rectify it and learn the lesson.
Above all, try not to repeat the same mistakes.
Your goal is to get better, every day.
Imagine how great you could be in five years.