Here we are are full circle around the “points of focus” on the first “convergence target” in my Journey to Convergence with the last point – Personal Development.  Its only fitting that this post be titled nearly the same as my first true post back in January.  It has been 15 weeks since that first post and its already been quite a journey with some big wins and of course some challenges along the way.  The biggest win is this post today, completing the circle with an even stronger resolve to continue the concept and journey.  I have connected with some great people all over the world and built deeper relationships with friends and family.  That alone is worth the time and energy.


22 posts in 15 weeks – not too bad.  I did fall short of completing one point of focus per week as I had committed in Next Steps which obviously means I fell short of meeting that plus an additional post each week as committed in No Excuses.  I could give a 101 excuses on why I missed those goals but they don’t really matter.  What matters is that I have stuck to it (even if at a slower pace than hoped).  I have a new personal record at 22 posts.  I continue to battle the Lizard Brain and all his attempts to keep me average.  So I overstretched a bit on what I could actually make time to complete.  Learn and move on!

I am amazed at how few Leadership posts I have made.  It is the area where I believe I bring the most value, experience and understanding to the table.  They might become more frequent now that I have completed the foundation of working around the convergence target but since this is primarily my journey and learning experience it is an area I am less likely to be seeking knowledge on.  NO, I am not saying I am perfect and have nothing to learn.  There are just much higher priority areas for improvement in my JOURNEY.  THATS THE WHOLE POINT!  Time and energy are not infinite so you have to prioritize where you expend both.

My subscriber list has over tripled since the Write Here, Write Now post.  The offer still stands but you better hurry up I am getting close to that one million mark.  Only 999,962 more to go.  At the end of the day I value every single one more than you can imagine.  I was honored to have my good friend Lou as my first guest post.  I would absolutely add that to the list of things that made this worth the time and energy.

So “Personal Development” is the last point of focus needing goals.  The JTC project in its entirety actually spells out the personal development goals with one exception.  I need somewhere to capture my burning entrepreneurial spirit and goals in that area.  Here is a great list I found on Wikipedia defining personal development.

  • Improving self-awareness
  • Improving self-knowledge
  • Building or renewing identity
  • Developing strengths or talents
  • Improving wealth
  • Spiritual development
  • Identifying or improving potential
  • Building employability or human-capital
  • Enhancing lifestyle or the quality of life
  • Improving health
  • Fulfilling aspirations
  • Initiating a life enterprise or personal autonomy
  • Defining and executing personal development plans
  • Improving social abilities

I think I have the list covered in JTC.  Now I just have to keep working each area – “Competing with my self to become my future self!”  I do have a seperate project underway that would cover the entrepreneurial aspect of the personal development point of focus.  I am not ready to share much detail on it but will do so as I get further along.

The image to the left depicts my goals in the Personal Development point of focus.  I will update my progress here.

Have you started your own journey?  What are your goals?   Are they prioritized,  focused and balanced?


  1. Hey Mike,

    Told you I would be by to visit.

    Nice post, I am definitely still under construction. But, I’ll always be under construction. My life is one lesson after another but I have achieved a lot of the goals I have set for myself which means from there I just make new ones and continue on.

    Congratulations on the 22 posts. Consistency is the key but you already know that. I thought when I came to visit that I would find a post on leadership but you said yourself, you have failed to write more on that topic. Was kind of hoping to get some of that today. If you read my current post, you’ll understand why.

    Looking forward to keeping up with what you are doing here and see how things progress. Congrats again on your accomplishments so far. We all have to start somewhere right!

    Have a blessed day and a fabulous weekend.


    1. Thanks for stopping by Adrienne. I’ll check out what you were searching for today maybe it will trigger a leadership post. I plan on reading all your affiliate info soon.

  2. Hi Mike, first time visit your blog here.
    I’m writing about personal growth as well, but I hit some difficulty on how to categories my posts, the lists you show up would comes as a guidance on what big topic it should be categorize in.
    For the moment, I categorize most of it under the same roof – personal development, without really knowing what’s the more specific title for each.

    Anyway, wish you all the best in the journey. =D

    1. Thanks for stopping by Jia. I hope you will continue to join the conversations here on JTC and I will be stopping by your Journey as well. I wish you all the best in your journey.

  3. Hi Mike!

    Nice blog. This is my first time at your blog. Looks like we’re in the same ball park in terms of post. I’ve been blogging for 2 months now at The Social Marketing Project and I’m up to 25 post.

    Exciting feeling. Looks like you cover sever different areas under personal development. I’m excited to return for more inspiration in improvement towards my personal growth.


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