Reading two books back-to-back on the subject of habits has really created a lot of new directions for me to pursue. I have struggled with procrastination all my life and change has come slowly. One book, Atomic Habits by James Clear, has been an eye opener. I am especially drawn to his discussion of MOTION versus ACTION.
Stop a minute and think on that. Past advice I had been given always focused on setting goals, making lists, creating a vision board, planning, reading, classes, workshops, etc. While planning is important, the author is asking us to look at our actions as well. I wasn't totally on board at first. Then it started to sink in when he offered several examples. I saw myself immersed in dreaming and planning, but never getting around to the daily actions necessary to realize my dreams.I have shared many times I have an ADD driven racing mind. It can be a challenge to rein in, and create a lot of tension at times. But the ADD also has come with many blessings. I can juggle several inputs at once, and when I start a project, I get an amazing laser focus and burst of energy that lets me dive in with my entire being. I can produce huge results in a short span of time. When that initial burst is over, however, the follow through can be hard as the next adrenaline rush starts calling. Projects die on the vine.
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“When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that last blow that did it—but all that had gone before.” - Atomic Habits
I have started this process already by committing to showing up as often as I can to the November NaNoWritMo writing sessions organized on zoom by Melody Owen of Author Nation. In December, when this is finished, I will have to come up with a new way to encourage myself to SHOW UP for my daily writing practice. And I have committed to be in Pursuit 365, 2022 edition, social media blast day of September 20, 2022. The idea is to aim for this as a launch day for a new book.
Another secret? New habits take both repetition and time to develop, and showing up is the only path to getting there. Regular repetition may feel like a waste, like nothing is happening. Then BAM - things shift. Beginning to work out at a gym, starting out on a learn to run program, trying to write your first book.....each of these take constantly showing up and doing the work before you begin to see serious results.
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