I lost momentum.
One day, I was sailing along, writing these daily emails, sending them, making consistent sales, feeling as though I’d finally found my comfort zone. The habit wasn’t quite established yet, not enough for it to be so natural as to not have to think about it, but it was a habit. It was no longer something I had to force myself to do each day.
It was natural, easy.
And then I made a mistake. I added in a new one.
I thought I had the daily emails down, so I added in half an hour of fiction writing to the beginning of my day.
Because fiction writing was the new habit, the not-yet-solidified habit, I put it first; I prioritized it.
And of course, no prizes for guessing what happened. The daily email, the habit that was sort-of-solidified, easy-but-not-set-in-stone-yet, started getting pushed back, days getting missed, until they became a week, then more days, and well, I lost momentum.
It sucks when you lose momentum, because like a bicycle that’s come to a halt, the energy and motivation required to get it moving again is far greater than the energy and motivation required to just keep it going when it’s already in motion.
A lesson that has taken me years, decades, to learn, and still trips me up, and it is this: Sometimes slowing down and doing one thing well helps you achieve far greater results and make much better progress than trying to do two or three things with divided attention and repeatedly dropping the ball on them.
Of course, no one expects to drop any balls, least of all me. I consider myself a master juggler!
But solidifying a habit or a skill in stone before adding on a new one can help build momentum and speed. And that actually makes the next one easier.
So I’m back on the bicycle. Solidifying my habits, picking up speed. Here we go!
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