Missing a Day

Confession time: I totally neglected this blog yesterday.  Not because I was traveling, not because it was New Years Day, not because I was too busy.  I just didn’t make the time and couldn’t be bothered.  I made a commitment to working on this blog every day and I’ve already let myself down.  So what am I going to do about it?

Nothing.

That’s right.  I’m not going to work on the blog for an extra fifteen minutes today.  I’m not going to beat myself up over missing a day.  I’m not even going to think about this slip again if I can help it.  I’ve found that going over past mistakes is unhelpful and destructive.  There is a time for analyzing the past and learning from it, but only if this learning can lead to different behavior and improved action.  Merely feeling badly about prior behavior just reinforces the idea that correct action is difficult and beyond one’s grasp.

The whole point of habitual action is that it gets done without much effort or forethought.  Habit does not require analysis, motivation or rationalization.  Habitual action only needs to be done today…and then tomorrow…and then the day after that.  If I miss today there is no way to correct that.  All I can do is come back tomorrow.  The great thing about a habit is that it provides its own motivation.

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