I think of a certain piece of advice almost daily in maintaining my daily routine. I find it invaluable.
When I started this page I asked a friend with a successful blog how often he wrote — only weekdays, daily, now and then?
He said words that stuck with me well.
If you skip one day you can skip two. Once you skip two days it’s over.
Conclusion: don’t skip days. Also, don’t plan to do things daily that you can’t keep up. You may only reinforce a lack of value in those things — the opposite of your goals.
This advice only applies to a few things in life. You have to know your priorities, but for things that match your priorities, the advice works. You won’t consider doing things daily that you can’t handle doing daily most of the time. Then when you manage to do it anyway on difficult days, you create that thing’s value for yourself.
It also gives you freedom by removing questions from your thoughts of should I do this or not. You do it, leaving your mind free to think of other things.
Needless to say, you can replace daily with any appropriate period.
Learn to make Meaningful Connections
with a simple, effective exercise from my book, Leadership Step by Step.
- Step by step instructions
- Video examples of me and Marshall Goldsmith
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