Today, I saw an email about “New Year’s habits versus resolutions.” The idea was what you can imagine–resolutions, one time commitments, come and go in life. But habits stay for the long run. Habits are more central to our lives than resolutions.
I think it’s hard to stick to habits. For progress maniacs like me, it can be irritating to chip away at something day after day– writing my novel one day, then editing the next. It never feels finished.
In these trying times, I remember a Proverb: “He who gathers money little by little makes it grow.” Building good habits might feel like gathering money a penny at a time. In the moment, it doesn’t seem so valuable, but over time… making blocks of time to do something useful and doing it can change your life in ways you can’t imagine.
It’s like running, isn’t it? Run by run, you improve. You shave a second off your PR at a time. Each run doesn’t matter, but together, they make you better.