I used to feel very proud that I never broke my new year resolution. Yeah! I know your reaction “He is kidding!” but the honest to god truth is I never broke a new year resolution because I NEVER MADE ONE. Yes ain’t that a cop out!!
I have been wondering how to make things better in my life and after much introspection have found out a few things about myself – I am lazy – not the virtuous lazy as enumerated by Larry Wall but the lazy we all dislike. To add insult to injury I am a serious procrastinator. I live by the adage – anything that can be done now will be done tomorrow and anything that needed to be done tomorrow – well I will come around to doing it … sometime.
I don’t have to look too far at to demonstrate my laziness. My blog is a very good example. I started a writing challenge for myself but after a point let that fall by the wayside. I simply stopped writing for long stretches of time. I could give myself a 100 nay a 1000 reasaons … but for one fact – busier and more successful people than I maintain a blog because they have made writing a habit.
Did you cringe when I said habit? I cringe, shudder and in the past have objected vociferously that habits chain free will, rein in choice because creatures of habit subjugate their will to their habits.
Unfortunately the opposite is true -if you want to excel at anything make that your habit. You wish to write, code, or paint then put in enough practice to master your fundamentals. Don’t you need to practice your scales to become a better musician, don’t you need to practice running to get faster or build endurance.
My goal this year is to bring about a fundamental change in my life. My plan to do so is simple – shed old bad habits and acquire new good ones. Will I be successful – I don’t know but this is the first step.