This appeared yesterday:
Could you do a blog about the TYSIC? I update mine every few months, but I haven’t seen it mentioned in a blog for quite a while now.. Thinking about it, one of the main reasons I put on a show at the fringe this year was because I put it as a challenge in my TYSIC, so it would be great to see how other people are getting on with their stuff!
It’s true that I have neglected the TYSIC for a long time; or rather not the tasks themselves, but the writing-them-up. In case you’ve come to the blog fairly recently, the Ten Year Self Improvement Challenge was a thing I set up where I challenged myself to try and do various large things (become an optimist, reduce drinking, play the drums) but over the enormously long time-scale of this blog, ten years. For a while I and a considerable number of other people were posting regular updates on a sub-site kindly set up by Watsonians, and there were some amazing efforts.
Of late I’ve failed to keep up with writing up my own stuff or even reading others’, but now that the iPod Challenge is finally over (more on this very soon), I think it is time to return to this other early project. If you have or had a TYSIC, even if you haven’t made much progress with it, why not write something on the TYSIC site (somebody more organised will post the link below) and I will pledge to do the same over the next few days, and then we will decide upon the next collective step towards our various goals. I wouldn’t worry about the fact this has lulled for so long: the whole point of the ten-year timeline is to focus everyone on the very very long game, because real self-improvement isn’t achieved in a flash, no matter what some books might suggest. In fact it’s almost good that some of us haven’t done much recently. It would suggest we were getting cocky if we started achieving things too quickly. As it is, we are pacing ourselves very nicely. Like a runner patiently plodding on behind the shadow of the leader. Ready to pounce. Fox-like.
But do write something. Ta.