Anything is Better than Nothing

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.”

Walter Elliott

One of the hardest things to do for any habit is to keep going.

A habit is a collection of engrained small actions done consistently. While the work is still working, the need or desire to do the work is automatic.

But it doesn’t take much to derail a habit.

Inconsistency kills habits.

No matter how much we may want it, if we don’t continuously work at our habits, they’ll eventually be replaced by something else (something easier and more convenient).

“Use it or lose it”. Our brain prioritizes immediacy.

This is especially true when it comes to creative habits. Making stuff takes intentional work.

Sitting down to code your app, taking time to write a few pages of your novel, grabbing your iPad, and spending an hour drawing—these things may sound simple, but they are not easy.

Consistency is what it takes to succeed.

There’s a natural ebb and flow when it comes to the quality of our daily habits.

But the key is to keep going and strive for high quality. Maybe today that means only 20 minutes of work.

Well, that’s still 20 minutes more than nothing (if you decided to skip today). 20 minutes might not seem like a lot (and perhaps it’s not from a granular perspective). But 20 minutes adds up when looked over a long period.

Even if the 20 minutes of work is garbage, we’re greasing the creative wheels for future attempts.

At the end of the day, even a little bit of effort done consistently adds up to something meaningful.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1686

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