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“A solid routine saves you from giving up.”

John Updike

“With consistency and reps and routine you’re going to achieve your goals and get where you want to be.”

Mandy Rose

Before I started writing every day, I would inevitably do it sporadically. My intention was to write when inspiration struck—which I assumed would be frequently—but in reality, I rarely put pen to paper. I squeezed out a handful (at most) of mediocre blog posts a year.

The interesting thing about inspiration is it doesn’t find us, we have to go out and make it ourselves. Feeling follows action. We don’t get motivated to act, we act and in the motion of action, our motivation is born.

It wasn’t until I committed to writing daily that I started having better ideas. I started seeing the world around me differently. Everything was potentially for story and potential for insight.

You’d think habit would stifle creativity, but it actually does the opposite.

Developing a daily routine gives us structure and our imagination breathing room to run wild. It’s the foundation we need to create consistently.

Not that quantity of work is what I’m after, however, quantity of work typically leads to quality.

Quantity leads to quality.

It likely won’t come together right away. Starting a new habit is like trying to get rusty gears to turn. It takes time and experimentation to find your grove.

The more we do something, the better we get at it (as long as we aren’t phoning it in of course).

And the more ideas we have.

It’s a number’s game, really. One great idea out of ten so-so ideas might seem like a poor average, but if you keep creating them then those great ideas start adding up. Digging up nine stumps isn’t so bad if the ten trees grow into a massive orange tree of impact and wealth (and not just financially).

Of course, we’re not trying to grow stumps. We’re trying to grow trees. So the more we practice the better we will be.

Whatever it is you want, whatever you’re trying to cultivate in your life, if it’s something important to you, then adding it to your every day is a simple yet powerful way to make it important and meaningful.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1683

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