This is my third day in a row blogging every day again and it’s made a huge difference.
Here’s why I think it makes such a difference.
Taking a step of any kind in a positive direction changes the feedback loop
We are often either in a positive or negative spiral. If you feel bad about yourself you’re more likely to sleep in or overeat or snap at someone which makes you feel bad about yourself which make you more likely to ….etc.
On the other hand, if you feel good about yourself you’re more likely to exercise or eat healthy or say something nice to someone which makes you feel good about yourself which makes you more like to…
Action comes before inspiration
I’ve said it before but it’s always worth repeating because it’s counterintuitive. Taking action causes motivation, not the other way around. If you wait until you feel like it to go to the gym you will die long before you get there.
Also, it’s easier to move your feet than to change your mind.
I’ve written extensively about this in other posts so I won’t belabor the point here.
Writing is linear, thinking is not
One of the many reasons why your mind is a dangerous neighborhood that you shouldn’t spend time in is that it works on multiple tracks and is completely directionless. It’s affected by waves of hormones, random memories and sensory inputs such that you can’t really come up with something coherent and meaningful.
At least I can’t.
Writing for a few minutes every morning really helps me to focus a little and put things that are my head into a logical framework. Life and our minds are holistic but we can really only effectively act on one thing at a time. Writing things down helps me to remember that and organize my self toward action.