04 May 2009

E's Extraordinarily Eloquent Extravaganza: Day Zero Project

To me, people aren’t just who they are in a certain place and time. People are processes of change. There’s nothing more interesting than seeing people constantly evolve, preferably in a positive way. Needless to say, I’m also a huge fan of the whole “Personal Development” thing. If you know change is inevitable, why not give it a push in the right direction? It can only make you a happier person. Not to mention that great feeling of satisfaction when you actually notice that positive change.

Now, the problem with the whole ‘improvement’-area: it’s surrounded by creeps.

This is Steve Pavlina, “one of the most successful personal development bloggers on the Internet”. Or so he says on his site. Apparently, modesty isn’t one of his greatest achievements. Also, his creepy smile has haunted my nightmares on several occasions.

People (like dear Steve, here) who like to call themselves personal developers, motivational speakers, or, God forbid, self help guru’s (I think I just puked a little), terrify me. Is it the way they all try to look so smooth and successful, like the American Dream come alive? Or maybe it’s the fact that I don’t want my personal improvement, with all its silly-habits-to-get-rid-of and stupid-things-I’d-like-to-do, to depend on complete strangers I will probably never even meet. Probably both.

Needless to say, I prefer to go solo. But unfortunately, just saying “Today, I will quit every bad habit I ever had, and replace them all with awesome ones which will eventually make me a better person” doesn’t quite work for me. Somehow, I always end up with an “Ah, fuck it!” feeling, and just quit. But now, hopefully (fingers crossed!) I might’ve found something that works... (dah dah dah daaaaah) The Day Zero Project

Dayzeroproject.com – join the fun!

The whole point of Day Zero is to complete a list of 101 specific, realistic tasks in a period of 1001 days. I made my list (which was much harder to make than I expected, by the way, and took a whole evening) and organized it into several categories: Organizational & Financial (including everything about planning my days and money, obviously); Brain, Eyes & Ears (everything regarding reading, writing, studying and watching things); Food & Health; Appearance (it’s important enough to get its own category. I’m that vain.); Love & Friendship; Personal Improvement (I know, that’s what it’s all about, but this is just me being selfish and wanting an entire category to myself); and my favourite of all: Random.

Now, I wouldn’t say there are a lot of deep things on my list. Because honestly, there aren’t. It mostly consists of good habits I wish I had, and things I still want to do but never found a good reason/enough time/… to actually get off my lazy butt and just do it. But I’m hoping that completing my list will at least give me some new experiences, and hopefully make me a better person.

1 comment:

  1. I like the idea--I have a list, but not so much a timeline for the things on my list. Perhaps that wouldn't be a bad addition.