Daily Habits: Missing a Day

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.”

Julie Andrews

Daily streaks are a powerful way to keep a habit going daily. When you have 7 days in a row on a habit, you’ll likely do it the 8th day. When you have 50 days in a row, you’re no doubt going to check off day #51. And when you’ve got 300 days under your habit belt, there’s no chance you’re going to skip day 301. But…. life?

But what do you do if you miss a day?

Simple: Start again the next day.

Streaks give motivation to not want to miss a day, but doing a daily habit isn’t about doing something daily. That’s right – a daily habits value isn’t because it’s daily. Just because you have to start your streak count over doesn’t mean all the hard work you put into cultivating your habit disappears.

The value is the accumulation of days and the consistency of time and effort put into something you love and want to get better at.

The goal is to master the skill, not to check off boxes. Mastery is the strategy. Daily action is the tactic. It’s not the only way to reach mastery, but it’s an excellent way to do it while continuing to go about your life where you are.

When you miss a day, start again immediately. Start before disappoint creeps in. Start before the day to day distractions of life derails you from your daily habit.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #754

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