2009 resolutions

Ok, New Year. Time for resolutions, which this year are very simple. The strategy is to do something on each of these for 30 days, like a bunch of mini parallel 30 day trials.

  1. Journaling! I did ok in 2007, will do better in 2008. First step: write for at least 5 minutes every day in January, and post the results in my personal blog.
  2. Yoga. Do at least 10 minutes every day for 30 days, more is better. Journal each day about the results.
  3. Anger management. Harder to set a measurable goal about it, so I will just have to journal the results each day.
  4. While this won’t be everyday, I do want to pay more attention to my statistics blog. So, I will aim for one entry a week. If it grows enough, I might turn it into something more of a semi-professional hobby.
  5. Dream journaling.
  6. I don’t really need to change what I’m doing for career success, just keep learning, and keep speaking up.

Personal development for INTP people

So, I bought Steve Pavlina’s Personal Development for Smart People. Steve is a creative mathematical genius who has a passion for personal growth, and his book focuses on the principles behind any effective personal development program. So far, I’ve eaten up the first two chapters of the book, and I have to say that for someone looking for a framework behind all the disparate personal development ideas, I really like this book. It details 7 principles (really, three, but the next three are pairwise combinations of the first three, and the last is a combination of all three), as well as advice for strengthening one’s relationship to each principle. The principles are truth, love, power, oneness, authority, courage, and intelligence.

The think I like about this book is that it really gets to the root of personal development. It’s not about getting a better job, or meeting your perfect mate, or learning how to be better socially, although all of these positive benefits can follow from the advice in the book. The book’s about why we are here – our connections, our passions, the very things that drive us. When we strengthen our relationship to those basic seven principles we determine our own lives. To someone who has developed as an INTP, this is a great find.

Personal growth in a time of hardship

The Succulent Wife’s Favorite Things: Why This Scary Economy is … Good For Us?.

Read it. I think we all have some thinking to do. One thing about the gas crunch in Asheville is that I’ve really had to think about whether it was necessary to take a petroleum-consuming vehicle a particular place or another. I’ve really had to cut back.