There’s a fascinating discussion on Quora about self-improvement. The question is How can I accelerate my personal growth?
The first answer describes the concepts of Anxiety-Driven Growth vs. Boredom-Driven Growth.
The idea is that you can improve one of two ways:
#1. Do harder things that are outside of your skill set in order to improve your skill-set.
#2. Do easy things frequently until your skills improve and you can move on to something more challenging.
“Anxiety-driven growth” is the faster way to improve.
Here are a few Anxiety-Driven Growth plans examples.
- Become a better leader by doubling company staff size and holding myself accountable for each member’s actualization.
- Put required incremental goals for cycling and running on my calendar.
- Make tough commitments for content creation and writing instead of just keeping up a rhythm.
This concept is similar to stretch goals or “fake it till you make it” but I loved the way it was presented on Quora (which I believe is one of the best sources of knowledge on the internet).