I have a keen interest in continuous learning, personal growth and development. I embrace the growth mindset and acknowledge that we can be, learn and have everything we set our mind to.
I recently came across an article about two things that make Bill Gates happy, one of them in his own words being:
“following through on commitments to yourself like doing more exercise also improves your happiness.”
Follow-through on HARD things, helps us develop our persistence. Just like a muscle, as we train ourselves to follow-through on hard things, we develop our GRIT (passion + persistence). It enables us to go DEEP and be better at things we already know/ do!
It is incredibly fun to explore new interests, as it triggers the dopamine in our brains which plays a key role in the reward and reinforcement cycle. Exploring new interests is not just fun and personally gratifying, but also has increased effects on a sense of happyness and personal well being.
Who doesn’t like the smell of baking your very own first batch of cookies, the exploratory paths of a new hiking trail, the rhythm from your first piano class or the interesting concepts when setting to learn a new programming language like Python? 🙂
Man is a creature of interests and novelty keeps the freshness alive and stimulates us in unprecedented ways, expanding our cognitive horizons and helping us learn and develop relevant + new skills.
Life is all about trying to strike the perfect balance – Depth + Novelty
- Something that I have personally put to practice is picking 2 areas in my personal life for depth and novelty each i.e. two areas in which I want to deepen and sharpen my existing abilities (one of them being blogging and writing) and two areas where I want to experiment and learn.
- Next, integrating lessons from Stephen Covey, I have made a personal planner in which I set apart daily/ weekly/ monthly time + goals for these endeavors and schedule them on my calendar.
Scheduling helps me with prioritization and having clear set up goals (for instance at least 5 blog posts a month) enables me to monitor and track my progress and realign my schedule to set up additional time if needed.
What are your 1) Novelty and 2) Follow-through activities? What kind of activities bring to you a sense of achievement and happyness? Let me know in the comments below 🙂