Old Habits Die Hard, New Ones Die Easy

Old Habits Die Hard, New Ones Die Easy

It’s day three of my new practice of blogging every day and it’s worth reminding myself and you, whoever you are, that action causes inspiration, not the other way around.

I’ve done quite a bit of reading and research about forming new, healthy habits and changing behavior. I’ve also done quite a bit of changing my own behavior so I can say with a smidge of certainty that the way to taking action is to take it.

That seems really obvious but somehow, it’s not.

My friend Paul Mullin recently posted the observation that those who only write when they FEEL it, won’t write much.  Most people (myself included) don’t enjoy working out until they start sweating. Inspiration is actually caused by perspiration.

This is true of writing, and it’s also true of calling your parents, eating broccoli, taking your medicine, making your bed or organizing a bus boycott. We don’t feel like changing our behavior. Why on Earth should we?

It’s also true of quitting bad habits. If you go to a twelve step program, the first thing to do is to abstain. You stop drinking/using/acting out before you take the first step.

How do you do this? You make a commitment to at least one other person that you’re going to do something on a regular basis and then you do it. Set up other structures to support your action. I have been wanting to get back into the habit of blogging or video blogging every day for months. It wasn’t until I told my wife that I was going to do it and then she asked if I’d done it (and I hadn’t) that I finally started again.

Now I have a habit started and I need to keep going.

And, of course, it’s perfect that I am writing this today. I didn’t realize this until just now but tomorrow is one of those days that KILL new habits.

That’s right, tomorrow is….

(Bum, Bum, BAAAA)


So tomorrow morning will be different than the past 3 days. I won’t have to get up and do my normal morning routine that now includes blogging. I will have to create some new structure so I don’t kill my habit before it’s even halfway out of the womb.

(that was a grisly image)

Good thing I wrote about this today!!!

So if you have something that you want to do and you’ve been waiting for inspiration, stop waiting. Do this instead:

  1. Tell someone you’re going to do it.
  2. Do it.

I would be pleased as punch if you tell ME what you’re going to do in the comments section.

Thanks for reading and thanks in advance for your comments!


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