The Long Game

Daily Habits are a long game with short term benefits.

Practicing guitar once doesn’t really do you any favors. Practicing guitar 300 days in a row is a different story. Of course, the quality of those practice sessions matters a great deal. Deliberate practice is what most people (Cal Newport for example) call this nowadays. Are you being intentional about your practice, pushing yourself, increasing repetitions, and going outside of your comfort zone?

The longer you stick to your daily habit, the more benefits you will see. Let’s say you master the guitar in five years (complete guess) (plus you really ever master something completely?). In five years, you are really good at guitar. But imagine what your skills are in the years leading up to mastery.

Skill acquisition doesn’t live in isolation. It’s not off (no skill) and then on (professional). Skill is a spectrum.

You’ll be able to play and learn many songs. Maybe you’ll come up with your own songs. You’ll be able to pick up a guitar and jam with some friends.

That goes with any habit. At first, you won’t see much benefit or progress. But as you keep going, you’ll start to accumulate skill, and the more you do it, the more that skill becomes a part of your DNA. You’ll start to think through the lens of your habit(s) and come up with ideas and perspectives that you likely wouldn’t otherwise have.

That’s the true benefit of a daily habit—short term benefits compounded into medium and long term gains.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing — Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1302

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