Over the years I have found a daily routine that promotes growth: study, apply, and reflect. Ideally, these three actions should come in that order, but I realize that that is not always possible. The important thing is that you engage with all three bullet points as consistently as your life allows. Depending on where you are in your development, the balance between each of the three points will vary. The reasons for this have to do with your age, experience, and knowledge.
‘Study, apply, reflect’ pertains to everyone who is searching to obtain, deliver, or simply refine one of their interests. No matter what it is that you are working towards, when those three steps are undertaken consciously every day, they will deliver great benefits over time. They will benefit you, but more importantly they will benefit those around you.
Chances are if you have not been consciously working at these three steps, you are still applying them every day. When you become aware of these steps, however, you can start to build and refine them, exponentially increasing your results over time. This will hopefully allow you to work towards greater levels of mastery in a particular field, profession, or life in general. When I refer to the concept of ‘mastery’, I am referring to a deeper understanding of a particular area of life or expertise that most others will never attain. Once acquired, this deeper understanding aids in the development of other skills, which can be either related or unrelated to the original area of mastery.
The three steps of ‘study, apply, reflect’ can be temporally spaced throughout your day, i.e. morning, day, and evening. Of course, how you choose to arrange the steps will depend on the day in question, your schedule, and many other varying circumstances. That is the beauty of the creation and refinement of these three points – they can be done in 10 minutes or 12 hours, depending on what your life allows.
The importance of engaging with these steps is the maturing process that they promote and the development of mental focus that they encourage. These take time, and they highlight why the process is more important then the outcome. One should build on each step incrementally without completely overwhelming yourself to the point of a burnout. Enjoy it by applying it to all facets of your life, not just a particular aspect of it.
I will break down the three points of ‘study, apply, reflect’ over the next couple of posts, and I will provide more details about the application of each step.