A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
True enough, but if you don’t take the second, and third, and so on, you’ll still go nowhere.
Problem; Getting Side-Tracked
Yesterday I wrote about getting off track, and using the idea of taking one, small, easy action to get back on track. Giving yourself a little win, getting the endorphin hit from it, and stoking the desire for more. I also cautioned about doing too much, burning out and stopping again.
So, what was MY small step? What was MY small win? Ummm, yesterday’s post about giving yourself a win. One of my goals in this Lung Pao Sicken crisis is to habituate myself to providing consistent content. That is, publishing regularly, i.e. at least once a day. There have been times I’ve achieved this, but I’ve always gotten off track.
Goal: provide daily content
If my goal is to provide daily content then I need to:
- Generate ideas
- Produce content
- Do it consistently, i.e. every day.
The same way I learned to floss (at age 50). The same way I learned to fix my posture (after 4 decades of slouching). The same way I learned to overcome my back, hip and knee problems.
- Consistently apply small steps, until they become habitual.
- As they become habitual, increase the level.
One of the more famous examples, and the one I myself used, was to learn to floss by flossing 1 tooth, every day, for a week. Then add another, flossing 2 teeth a day, for a week. Lather, rinse repeat until you have developed the habit of daily flossing.
Does it work?
Short answer, yes. I now feel I’ve let myself down if I don’t floss.
This also happens when I stop writing. After a few days, the itch to get back into it becomes unbearable, and I write something. It might be short. It might be rambling and semi-coherent, but I write something, and after I do it I allow myself a small reward.
But what does this have to do with surviving the Kung Flu?
I’ve written a bit on the topic of surviving, and thriving through the Flu Manchu. I’ve listed a few of my personal improvement goals. And I’ve gotten side tracked, and lost a week and a half getting nowhere with any of them.
Or did I? The thing is, I have pushed forward on a bunch of things. They’re just not things I’ve written about. On those things I write about? Yeah, I lost a week. But I realized something, I’ve been trying to do too much. Yes, I broke the cardinal rule, I bit off more than I could chew.
So I’m returning to basics. Pick ONE thing. Do that. Do it every day until NOT doing it becomes harder than doing it.
My one thing is writing.