Right, So I've embarked on my path, like so many other greenhands on here. We've all got dreams of where we want to go, and if I read the forums correctly, many of us newbies have barely a clue what we're doing when we start -- moreover, we barely know what a 'big deal' is until it's pointed out to us.
I'm hoping that this thread will serve as a place for us new folk to share our weaknesses (sharing them tends to help) and how we'(re/ve) work(ing/ed) them out. I'll start:
As the title of the thread implies, my greatest weakness is my own admittedly awful work ethic. I can keep it under control while I'm at the office, but the second I get home it's as if any productive activity becomes meaningless and too often I ended up wasting time playing EVE or something. I went as far to work on EVE projects rather than those that would impart a longer-lasting benefit onto myself.
I realized just how escapist this was. I sat down, and took a good hard (introspective) look at myself. I asked, "What am I trying to do here?" Running a space empire would be cool, but really, what does it matter?
There's a quote [on a poster of quotes] hanging above my toilet. It reads: 'We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.' Some reflection on this made me realize two things: 1) That I feel capable of anything, and 2) There's a wide gutter between these two potential viewpoints.
That's all it took -- I made the decision then and there that I was going to make it my life's goal to always strive to bring those two viewpoints together. I unsubscribed from EVE, bought a whiteboard calender, and picked a few focuses:
2) Piano (which I know C and G major now)
4) Design (Which I'm already doing for a living)
I took the whiteboard and devised a simple pictograph system:
1) I draw a pencil on days that I draw for more than an hour.
2) I draw a few piano keys on days that I play piano for more than 40 minutes.
3) I draw a Dollar sign on days I buy nothing frivolous (sodas, unnecessary meals out, non-essentials)
It's sort of a combo between my own goals and wants and the oldy-modly chain method. The longer I can keep that chain up, the more I want to keep it going -- my very own, customized feedback loop.
So what are your secret weapons? How were they developed? Why?