18 Apr Maximization
Over the last few months, I’ve been working hard on improving my daily routine. Over the last few years, I keep reading that the habit of routine formation is one of the most significant differentiators of the successful from the not. I remember reading about it in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change – Rule #7 Sharpen the Saw. It is the entire premise of books like The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business or The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice.
I began to wonder, why are habits so important to success? In my mind, I always imagined the geniuses we value – Da Vinci, Charles Darwin, Henry Ford, etc as being shy of routine (and most of society) and special because they are connected to the muses. In fact, in Robert Greene’s Mastery, you learn that behind each of these stories – a similar set of behaviors were applied and honed which allowed these men to achieve their revered places in history.
As someone who likes spontaneity and variation, I found it difficult to get started with this new project. Habits are hard when you’re just getting started. They require lots of attention (something I have a low supply of) and effort (I hate waking up earlier than I have to).
Habits are also a nuisance to maintain – finding that as new routines are added, some fall to the wayside. If a meeting or appointment interrupts a new habit, it is critical to change your schedule to accommodate the habit or ensure it occurs the following day.
I don’t want to list my habits but I will say that I made a new years resolution to myself to make significant improvements in regards to my health and my professional habits. At New Years, I 190 lbs and was holding onto a job that was slowly collapsing around me. Now it’s halfway through April, I’ve lost 15 pounds, increased my bench weight by double, and I’ve been promoted twice since I began a new job at Music City.
I don’t know if it’s God’s blessing, good fortune, or the habits that I’ve been forming but it’s been a pretty damn good year so far.
If you aren’t happy with where you’re at, you have the power to make the change. It takes time but you are worth the work. You know which habits you need to form. Take the time to do them. If you need help, here’s a habit forming worksheet I made for musicians on LocalMusic.Online – Habit Forming Worksheet.