Good Habits Are Hard Work
Updated: Feb 17, 2020
I mentioned yesterday that I didn't make time to read, and I didn't feel guilty about it, which was 100% true. I would be lying if I said that I was completely okay with it, though. It has become a part of who I am, just like writing a little bit each day and finding a way to squeeze in 250 push-ups during my waking hours...well, maybe not just like those things, because I haven't missed a day on those habits since I started.
I initially wrote that I made up for it today, but that's not exactly accurate, you can never truly make up for lost time. Yesterday wasn't the first time I skipped the reading part of my day, but I have done a pretty good job of aligning myself with James Clear's concept of "never miss twice," when it comes to my reading habit.
If you haven't read Atomic Habits yet, I highly recommend it...again. It has really made a profound difference in the way that I approach daily life. One of these days, I'll have to give it another read, and I'm sure I'll pick up more useful tips that I missed the first time around.
If you want to create better habits, there is no magic formula, no set number of days in a row required before it becomes a habit. It's hard work. You just have to do (or not do) the thing on a consistent basis, over and over and over and over again until it becomes part of who you are. The habit becomes you.
Once it is ingrained in your own personal humanity, there might come a time that you skip it, or forget it, and that's not the end of the world. Just don't miss twice.
In case you were wondering, that morning person transition is still kicking my butt. I'm between a rock and a hard place because I want to be someone who is an early riser, but I also love my pillow.
Now that water polo season is over and I don't have to pick up Mia after bedtime anymore, I don't really have an excuse. Time to try again. I won the battle this morning, I even got some extra reading done. Tomorrow I will win again. To paraphrase the great Lou Brown from the movie Major League II, 3 in a row is called a winning streak...and it has happened before. I've got a feeling things are about to turn around.