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People seek out ways to improve themselves. They create changes in their habits and routines with hopes of becoming better versions of themselves

When doing so, it’s equally important to evaluate those changes to ensure that they are producing the best possible results. That process is called calibration.

Precision machines require calibration. Scales, lasers, and various other tools all need it. If these instruments aren’t calibrated when new, or aren’t recalibrated after certain periods of use or at specified times, they will not function properly.

When someone bumps a scale it may need to be adjusted to give an accurate measurement. If a piano needs to be moved it will require a tuning afterwards to produce the correct notes.

People are quite similar. We are also incredibly complex machines. There are so many processes and moving parts that make us up. Even we require recalibration at various times.

Sometimes people undergo lifestyle adjustments in the journey of improvement. When this happens it becomes necessary to assess the effects of that change to:

A. Make sure the desired effects are being produced

B. Ensure that new negative repercussions are not being created

This is true of any significant adjustments in sleep, diet, exercise, relationships, and working habits.

Remember, changing for change’s sake is like firing a gun without aiming. It can produce some very unwanted consequences.

Calibration and recalibrating while becoming a higher-performing, high value person allows us to uncover what additional adjustments can be made to continue, or even hack, the process of personal development.

Think of the statement I am good!

Is it as good as asking

What can I do to become even better?

That’s calibration!

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*edited by Kodid Laraque-Two Elk
Erica Deel’s article Recalibrating With Friends inspired the creation of this piece. Check it out here!

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