It’s Not About the Habits

Here’s a great companion read by Ryan Holiday to go along with my thoughts on daily habits: How Your Daily Routine Can Turn Into Your Biggest Enemy

“It’s not about having a routine. It’s about havingroutines.

“Depending on circumstances, I have strategic flexibility. I’m not winging it, but I am not such a creature of habit that I am flustered when disrupted…”

The same is true for habits we choose to do every day. It’s not about the habits. It’s about the practice. I haven’t missed a day yet of blogging or any other habit on my daily list, and I don’t plan to miss a day, but if something happens and I do, I know I’ll pick it right back up the next day.

It’s not about the habit, it’s about where the habit takes you. The goal is to be a better writer (and thinker) by practicing it every day. I know that if I keep writing and keep learning about writing, I’ll just keep getting better and better.

Although, half-assing my writing habit won’t do me any favors. A daily habit drives momentum. It doesn’t automatically make you better. You have to make you better.

The key is to focus on the goal and how each day will bring you closer to it, rather than phoning in a habit just to say you did it.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner

Daily Blog #553


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