How Do You Improve on Perfection?

Hopefully by now regular readers of this blog will know that I am intrepid, intelligent, and fearless in the pursuit of excellence and self-improvement.

In this spirit, I decided to try something new this year.

I'm not a big fan of New Year's Resolutions for many reasons, but some of the key ones include:

  • When I fail in the second week in January in mid-March, I generally find myself demoralised enough to not bother trying to achieve whatever it is I wanted to do for many months.
  • I feels a bit clichéd, which is not a problem in and of itself, it just puts me off.
  • I find it very difficult to find areas in which I could improve.

Actually, that last reason isn't entirely true. But, because of the first two reasons (and others) I haven't had a New Year's Resolution for many, many years.

However, like pretty much every other human being, there are things I'd like to do that will make me better or happier, and people who really commit to New Year's Resolutions make me a little bit jealous because part of me wishes I could too.

There is a school of thought (which is actually pretty flawed, but I didn't know that at the time I decided to do this) that says it takes around 21 days to form a new habit. So I figured that if I had one resolution for each month I would have the chance to form a new habit in that month, and new, more desireable behaviours would have a chance to bed in.

It had the added benefit that I was only committed to this resolution for a month, so if it was no fun, or not working, then I didn't have to keep it up for an excessive period of time.

As you can imagine, I really decided to push myself in January. I mean, there's no point in starting off half-heartedly (start as you mean to go on and all that). What, I thought to myself, would really challenge me? What could I do that would push me to the outer limits of my willpower?

And then it came to me.

Sleep more.

Is this how to improve on perfection?

I know, I know. There's a real danger that, with a challenge so hard, I might fail quickly, become dispirited and give up on the whole notion. But I'm a man that likes a challenge, and I'm not afraid of facing up to this one. Others may shy away from resting more, but not me. I'm committed.

This resolution isn't quite as pathetic as you probably think. We all know we're supposed to get 7 to 8 hours sleep a night, but I've only been getting 5 to 6 a night for a long time now. This hadn't bothered me that much, to be honest, until I came across this article during some research I was doing. I was aware that proper sleep was beneficial for good health, but the idea that my brain needs to clean out toxins during sleep somehow touched a chord for me, and I resolved to do something about it.

And so it is that, for the month of January anyway, I am committed to spending more time in bed.

Wish me luck.

2 thoughts on “How Do You Improve on Perfection?

    • Thanks Tim. It is support like this that will help keep me in bed when everyone else is telling me to get up.

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