I Completed Jordan Peterson’s Self-Authoring Course One Year Ago. Here are the Results.

Christopher Balkaran
6 min readJan 8, 2022
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I am a big proponent of New Years Resolutions, which I’ve written about here. Pushing my limits and working on the person I aspire to be excites me. My goals build on the previous year: Invest more money. Read more books. Go out more. Everything was more.

But why was I setting these goals in the first place? It’s not like I don’t read enough as it is. Setting goals is the easy part. But thinking about the why is very difficult.

The following changed my perspective on Resolutions, which included these simple words:

“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.”

Huh. I sank into my seat after reading that quote over to myself. Was I the fool all along? Were my goals being lead by my ego? Was I charting a path filled with goals that were achievable? Was I acknowledging any of the obstacles that stood in their way?

I found the Self-Authoring Project online. This writing course forces you to write in clear detail your goals and answer the why. The website says the following:

People who spend time writing carefully about themselves become happier, less anxious and depressed and physically healthier. They become more productive, persistent and engaged in life. This is because thinking about where you came from, who you are and where you are going helps you chart a simpler and more rewarding path through life.

I took the plunge. It was a major undertaking, which included writing approximately forty (40) single-spaced pages. And, after 365 days, this single activity changed my trajectory, and I achieved most all my goals.

Here’s what happened.

I Am Forced to Describe my Future Self in Great Detail.

The Self-Authoring course has you begin with envisioning your future self. Topics you must write about include:

  • Your social life of the future;
  • Your leisure time of the future;
  • What habits are you going to improve?
  • What is one thing you plan to…
Christopher Balkaran

Christopher is a firm believer in balanced political discourse, which can lead to a better world. Creator of the Strong and Free Podcast.