When we think about people who totally rule at their craft, I think there is a general belief that they got there by discipline. In billionaire Gary Keller(of Keller Williams Realty)'s book, The ONE Thing, Keller demystifies the illusion of discipline. It's actually quite simple. Discipline is only necessary for a temporary period of time (averaging 66 days). After that period, the discipline that a person is trying to establish turns into a HABIT, and
"Once a new behavior becomes a habit, it takes less discipline to maintain."
The other really revealing thing I got from today's reading was that habits must be built individually. Keller says, "success is sequential, not simultaneous". This hit me really deeply. I've recently attempted to establish a bunch of habits (stuff I really wanna do all the time: songwriting, blogging, reading from three different books, practicing guitar, learning to type faster, studying Spanish, calling old friends), but the results were not what I wanted. I basically just ended up with a bunch of sort-of habits--though I somehow managed to work studying Spanish into my daily life.
So I'm going to try this. One habit. Once a day. Everyday for 66 days. I'll try to resist the urge to add 2 or whatever, and I'll get back with y'all about what's working and what's not.
That's all for now. Love you lots,