I’m a big believer in practicing every day, at the same time and the same place.
I just don’t do it. That’s probably why I’m a dilettante and not an expert.
I do try. But invariably I have a late night out with friends, or take a trip out of town, or just don’t want to practice; so I don’t.
This is where the planning ritual becomes important:
- Reviewing my vision reminds me of what kind of person I want to be, of what kind of life I want to live.
- Reviewing my goals reminds me of what I want to accomplish.
- Reviewing my projects reminds me of what it will take to accomplish those goals.
- And reviewing my tasks reminds me of the habits required to complete my projects.
By the end of that process I am generally motivated enough to climb back on my horse and start riding in the direction of my vision again.
I once found it difficult to look myself in the mirror of my plans once I’d fallen out of practice. It made me feel like a failure.
I’d go for months without looking. By then I’d be out of shape, out of tune, and feeling a great deal of stress. The stress would drive me to look for a solution, which in turn would bring me back to my plans and to practice.
I’ve decided I’d rather feel like a failure occasionally than to actually be a failure perpetually. So I plan – daily.