We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Happy new year! A lot of people are starting new changes today. Some will give up quickly, some will doggedly persist until some kind of change has been achieved. The primary difference is forming habits. We sometimes dismiss the power of habit, usually because we’re thinking of bad habits. But if we make good habits, they are just as automatic and serve us well.
When I was little I realised that I could easily become the prisoner of my habits. I alphabetised my books and liked to have things in order in my little white cabinet with the sliding doors. When I found myself bound by habits, I became just as conscientious a rule-breaker. Neither was the answer. The only thing that works is choosing your habit and freely taking the rest of life as it comes.
But when you have long term projects, habits can help you reach the end without nearly as much stress. What the mind can do without thinking leaves you energy to apply to the more complicated solutions. When it comes to writing, the more time you save, the more time you can spend on the fun of being immersed in your words.
Two things: I’m offering a workshop based on my guide How to Keep Writing with a Full Time Job. I’m happy to share what has worked for me and to help you find the habits that will make getting your writing done a little easier. Here’s the details:
HOW TO KEEP WRITING WITH A FULL TIME JOB
Sat Feb 7: 10am-1pm
Universal Pathways, Berne NY
The other thing? My guide is free, today only! Get How to Keep Writing with a Full Time Job for nothing. But do it quickly.