Saturday, January 31, 2015

Habit


Merriam-Webster defines habit as a "usual way of behaving: something that a person does often in a regular and repeated way." Basically something that someone already does, almost without impulse. This must be why habits are hard to make and keep.

I'm trying to refresh some habits these days - more exercise, more writing, more follow-through on simple tasks. It's hard to do, much more effort than anticipated.

First, you need mindfulness - to remember to do a new thing regularly and with repetition. 

Second, you need commitment - to overcome the inertia which likely derailed prior efforts. 

Third, you need conviction - to maintain priority over so many other tasks vying for the same scarce time

Then, after about 66 days, that new thing has a fighting chance to become something done often in a regular and repeated way.

According to that measure, I'm only about 1/3 of the way there. Hoping there are many more days of mindfulness, commitment, and conviction to get there in this year of growth.



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