Today on AnchoredScraps.com March Madness Milestones continues with recognizing today, March 18, making 21 days in a row of blogging daily since launching on February 26, 2015! Most of the motivation genre audio cassette tapes I have listened to over the years talk about it taking 21 days to form a new habit. I’m reminded with Stephen Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, “Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind.” I was delighted to be able to see him speak live in an auditorium many years ago, being five rows from the stage!
My Dad liked to talk about ‘delayed gratification’ and that having good habits and a solid work ethic were essential to our success. The main thing I have learned from this experience of blogging daily for 21 days is how quickly 24 hours passes each day when knowing there is a time-stamp to mark your blog entry. To borrow a term from Project Management, I’m driven to not ‘gold plate’ every post. Instead I focus on making sure I “ship it” as Seth Godin encourages in his blog and books.
What also comes to mind when thinking of the word habit is the movie “Sister Act” (1992) comedy starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith which has Whoopi wearing a habit. She plays a Reno lounge singer who has been put into protective custody in San Francisco at a convent while her former mob-boss-boyfriend has her on a hit list as she was a witness to a murder. The comedy classic has fantastic music and it is always nice to see the transformation during the movie to her and those impacted by her while wearing that habit.
Here are two quotes I particularly like on habits that I will close out today’s blog with:
“Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.” ― Mark Twain
“Motivation gets you going and habit gets you there.” ― Zig Ziglar
Join me tomorrow to read about Types!