slight experiment


Green Chameleon

Hypothesis: How you do anything is how you everything

I heard this phrase in a podcast a few years ago and it really stuck like glue.

Since then, it has resurfaced periodically to remind me to dig deeper into its meaning. Often times I acknowledge it but I don’t give it any more attention, but recently, it resurfaced with much frequency I couldn’t ignore it anymore.

So I did what I do best, I went into research mode.

I took out a journal and started writing down goals for each day. It was sort of like a todo-list that helped organize my day.

I planned the experiment for two weeks. One week I would journal and naturally go about my day. In the second week, I would add a morning routine that I felt positively influenced my mood.

Following the first week, I sat down and looked at the progress that I made the previous 6 days. And what I started to notice is that I had two types of days.

One was productive. And the other was totally unproductive.

I never had days where I was in the middle.

First week

When I saw that trend, it made me chuckle because it validated how unpredictable my results had been. It made sense of the things I had seen in my life that I wasn’t exactly too proud of. It shade light on a truth that made me feel uncomfortable.

You see, for the better part of my life, I have been inconsistent. I have had tendencies to start and stop, all without the commitment to actually finish. I believed in, and still do, in a life of spontaneity. I never wanted an idea to ever settle down my adventure.

And so I asked myself:

how I can realistically expect so much if that is my guiding belief?

This question made me question my ambition. Now mind you, I’m not the type who gets down on mistakes of the past but I do take it seriously if there is future learning opportunities.

So I really wanted to think of a way to instill consistency through every facet of my day to day life.

Second Week

The second week was a fresh start. I had a blank canvas to paint the intention behind each and every action that I took. I wanted to plan everything in hopes of building more confidence.

The morning routine that I chose that I felt best represented the above objective, was walking.

As I was brainstorming the previous Sunday, I tried to think of ideas that I could do easily. Things that didn’t feel like a chore or things that also gave me other benefits — such as exercising.

Since I am working from home, walking is the best place to think, plan, and organize my thoughts, but it is also an opportunity to exercise.

With that in mind, from Monday to Saturday, I went on a morning walk and flushed my thoughts.

Surprisingly, I appreciated the experience because it taught me something about me. It gave me an important piece of truth that inspired me to dig deeper to learn more.

I started to notice that I was productive with my job, and I was engaging much more dynamically with my coworkers.

I was responsive and motivated to work on my side projects and still had plenty of time to check in with those I cared about, something I struggle with because of an internal craving for independence.

Furthermore, I noticed that I ate three meals in the day and had the motivation to cook for myself consistently or if I got lazy, order food and make sure that I had something to eat.

It felt like things were moving in a flow.

Which brings me to my point

How you do something is how you do everything. From your job, your relationships with any significant others, or even the relationship you have with your dog.

When you are in a good mood and ignite a chain of actions based on certain energy or vibration, you sort of set the tone for the rest of the following actions. A strange momentum builds that ends up carrying you throughout your day.

So I recommend that you try this experiment to document the journey. It’s possible that you may learn some ugly truth about yourself but it’s better for you to know in order to correct it. If you live in ignorance, then you might have to learn through your own expense.


Till then,

Be marry and take a deep breath