Best Value, leadership, Arizona, high school, summerHi Everyone! It has only been a couple of weeks since we last saw you, but it seems like it has been forever! We hope that you had a great visit to the United States and that you made it back home safely. For this blog, I will try to write once a month. If you have a topic that you would like me to write about, please email me, if it is something personal let me know.

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This month I would like to discuss the importance of Consistency. There is a quote on my refrigerator, it identifies that:

Life is not made up of defining moments, but little moments that define your life. Visionary people recognize the value of simple actions, because they recognize the impact of it over a long period of time.

For example, take something like journal writing. If you keep a journal for 1 day, it doesn’t seem like it does anything. However, if you write in your journal every day for 10 years, what happens? First, we must analyze what does it require to write in a journal, it takes the following:

1) Be able to write – First, you need to be able to describe what you went through.

2) Be able to summarize – Due to not having a lot of time to spend writing in a journal, you must learn to quickly look at the entire day (a large amount of information), identify the most important parts of the day, then be able to succinctly explain what happened.

3) Be able to remember – In order to do the first two things, you would need to be able to accurately remember what had happened.

4) Not to mention, you must be able to do something consistently every day.

If you now think about what happens if you write in your journal for 10 minutes everyday for 10 years, you will be an expert at writing, quickly identifying the main points in a large amount of information, being able to explain those points simply, having an excellent memory, and being able to do something every day. All from writing in a journal.

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Experts become experts, not because of a one time experience or opportunity. It is because day in and day out they have created a life where they do the simple things each day that overtime develops within themselves the characteristics of an expert. You have just had an opportunity of a lifetime in coming to the U.S., but what will determine your success are the simple changes you will make in your life now that you are home. Do something different, do something that allows you to build the right characteristics into your life. It doesn’t have to be big, it doesn’t need to take a lot of time, it just has to be consistent. Here are a list of some small things you can do each day:

1) Write in a journal

2) Meditate

3) Read an uplifting article

4) Do something nice for someone

5) Give someone a compliment

6) Spend time with a mentor (once a week or a month)

7) Read a book

If you decide to try and make a change, make sure you don’t do it alone. Let others know that can remind you and support you in your effort! I would love to hear the changes you are making!

 

Good luck!

Dr. Jacob

Making Journaling Simple:

As a man thinketh” is a simple book (in English) that reemphasizes many of the same IMT ideas used in the Best Value Approach. View online here.

Here’s a list of 5 websites where you can journal. There are also many apps that let you journal/track your day from your phone.

Last, make sure to keep it simple. An actual notebook, a word doc. or an excel file would work just fine.

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