Number Two is Consistency
Updated: Apr 2
It's become very apparent....crystal fucking clear as a matter of fact, that in order to get good at anything I need consistency.
We are off to a not so great start to the blog because I missed yesterday's blog post. But another rule of habit creation is:
“Never miss twice.” - Atomic Habits (book)
So I missed yesterday, nothing I can do about that. If I miss today, then building the habit of writing blog posts every day for 30 days becomes exponentially more difficult (at least from my past experiences).
A few other essential steps to take when creating habits:
Make it Easy
Make it Enjoyable
Making the habit easy and enjoyable are very important especially the first 7 repetitions of the habit. In the past, I've made the mistake of taking too much on and making the habit way too hard, or unenjoyable, or both. This has happened to me numerous times when starting a new workout routine. I either spend too much time at the gym or lift weights that are too heavy for me, both of which make me dread doing that workout again. You want to rig the odds in your favor when creating a habit, and the way to do this is to take it slow, adding a bit more each day (thanks to Tim Ferriss and Jocko Willink for this idea).
"Slow is smooth and smooth is fast." - Jocko Willink
The "do it all at once" approach has not yielded anywhere close to the results that the habit creation method has for me. Creating a habit is making a commitment to change your life. It is not a fad, but instead something that you are rooting deep into the core who you are. A habit is not something you do, it is something you become.