159 days from now is my birthday.
Today’s the 22nd day of utilizing the scientific method, kaizen, and blogging.
Today’s the 13th day of writing on 3 * 5 index cards.
I will execute the scientific method on:
“STEP OR STAGE #1 of the Scientific Method
“Other scientific method observations, such as:
What curiosities have I experienced?
What have I been curious about?
On to doing kaizen. p. 48 of ‘One Small Step Can Change Your Life’
“What’s one thing I wish to contribute to the world with my book, poem, song, or painting?” (Day 22)
– w/ my app?
“Whom could I ask for help or inspiration?” (Day 21)
“What is special about my creative process/talents/business team?” (Day 20)
What is special about my talent of developing software?
“What type of work would excite and fulfill me?” (Day 19)
“What is one thing I like about myself today?” (Day 18)
“If I were guaranteed not to fail, what would I be doing differently?” (Day 17)
“If you are trying to reach a specific goal, ask yourself every day: What is one small step I could take toward reaching my goal?” (Day 16)
What is one small step I could take toward reaching my goal?
“What is one small step I could take to improve my health (or relationships, or career, or any other area)?” (Day 15)
What is one small step I could take to improve my career?
“Is there a person at work or in my personal life whose voice and input I haven’t heard in a long time? What small question could I ask this person?” (Day 14)
“What’s one good thing about this person?” (Day 13)
“What is one small thing that is special about me (or my spouse, or my organization)?” (Day 12)
“1. Isolate a task either that you are afraid to do or that makes you uncomfortable. Try to give yourself at least a month before you actually have to perform this activity.” (Day 11)
2. “Decide how many seconds you’re willing to devote to mind sculpture for this task each day. Make sure you allot seconds, not minutes or hours; the time commitment should be so low that you can easily fulfill its requirements every single day. Repetition is important.” (Day 10)
– 60 seconds.
– Then once I reach 60 seconds, increase 1 second each day and stop at 01:59 minutes.
3. “When you are ready to practice mind sculpture, sit or lie down in a quiet, comfortable spot and close your eyes.” (Day 9)
– I’m going to do before I go to sleep.
4. “Imagine that you are in the difficult or uncomfortable situation and looking through your own eyes around you. What do you see? What is the setting? Who’s there? What do they look like? See the expressions on their faces, the clothes they are wearing, their posture.” (Day 8)
5. “Now expand your imagination to the rest of your senses. What are the sounds and smells and flavors and textures around you?” (Day 7)
– The sound would be the other person’s tone of voice.
– The sounds would be typing on my computer and scribbling on paper.
– The sound also would be my tone of voice.
6. “Without moving an actual muscle, imagine that you are performing the task. What are the words you use? What does your voice sound like and how does it resonate through your body? What are your physical gestures?” (Day 6)
7. “Imagine a positive response to your activity. If you are mindsculpting for public speaking, for example, see the audience leaning forward in their seats, looking responsive and interested. Hear the scratch of pencil on paper as some particularly enthusiastic people take notes.” (Day 5)
8. “When your allotted time for mind sculpture has become habitual and even fun, you may find that you are automatically performing the formerly difficult activity with enthusiasm. But if you’re not ready for the real thing, that’s perfectly okay. Never force the process of kaizen; it works only if you let change happen in a comfortable and easy manner. You may instead choose to increase the time you spend on mind sculpture–but once again, you should increase slowly, perhaps by thirty seconds. You should increase the length and pace only when the previous stage of mind sculpture has become effortless. If you start making excuses for not practicing mind sculpture, or if you find yourself forgetting to do it, then you need to cut back on the amount of time.” (Day 4)
– What task am specifically mind sculpturing for?
9. “Once you feel comfortable using mind sculpture for this task (and it may take days or weeks or even longer), imagine a worst-case scenario and how you would respond effectively to it. A public speaker might feel nervous sweat run down his face as he sees the audience members looking bored and hears them whispering among themselves. He would then imagine how he would like to speak, gesture,
and feel in that situation.” (Day 3)
10. “When you feel ready to take on the actual task, try out some small steps at first. To continue the public speaking example, consider giving your talk out loud but to an empty room or to an audience of one sympathetic person.” (Day 2)
p. 83 Kaizen Tip
“What is a tiny step I could take to achieve my goal?”