I quit Toastmasters today.
I belonged to my club for three years, two of those years as a Sergeant at Arms in the executive.
Toastmasters is one of the finest volunteer organizations. I experienced it first hand. I made friends, learned few skills, practiced public speaking, saw people grow as speakers, organized logistics and decided how to spend our limited budget for lunch after every meeting. So it isn’t an easy decision to not do it anymore.
I am by no means a great public speaker but while I was here, I got a tad better.
However David Allen once said: you can do anything, but not everything. So I decided to take a break from this lovely journey for awhile to give undivided attention to few of my biggest priorities.
Not surprisingly, I feel a bit sentimental.
I did not have resolutions for 2014. Instead, I decided to plant and grow few habits that are worth pursuing for years.
To help me get going, I made the following three rules for myself:
- Base goals on Identity. Not on Performance or Appearance.
- Rely on Habits and Processes. Not on Willpower.
- Believe in Evolution. Not in Revolution.
To remind me of these rules, I forked some markup from Codecademy at the end of 2013 and added a timer to it: time.chaitanyamsv.com. This page served me well but as I decided to close my domain, this page will go down as well.
One and a half years later, I no longer need the timer as I systematized my habits in Coach.me and Wunderlist apps. So the habits happen nevertheless. However these rules needed a new home, and this post is it.
I did pretty well last month learning to stop drinking coffee.
I had only one small coffee in all of May. This is a significant slash given I was having one coffee every workday.
It wasn’t too difficult to give up coffee, partly because I am not a coffee addict. But I had few urges. Once I even walked halfway to the coffee machine but recalled my claim and returned.
I also found a great post -guess Universe conspired to help me- on my twitter feed titled Everything You Need To Know About How and Why To Quit Caffeine which helped a bit.
I will still drink coffee but mindfully and occasionally, not compulsively.
While all this is good, I am having challenges sticking to the larger goal of which this is only a part. That’s for another post.