Replace Pressure of Achievement With Good Habits

 Photo by Art Lasovsky

Photo by Art Lasovsky

Becoming a product of good habits is a better plan than basing your activities around achievement.

The reason you don’t sit down and get to work is because what you want to accomplish won’t happen in one sitting.

Instead, focus on the habits and actions, not the end result.

GoalBeing faithful to what you want to do and working on it with a rhythm rather than a splurge of intense action.

You’re not going to get in shape by working out one time just like you probably won’t write a book in one day at Starbucks.

Why not take the pressure off of your goal and focus on the habit of actions?

It’s funny how our goals can scare us off…

We point out what is left undone, even send ourselves warnings on what we have to do to be productive.

Sometimes you don’t have the willpower to be great. You’re tired. Overworked. Stressed out.

But…

You let those excuses become reasons for not following a process. That’s a crappy way to handle your future.

The pressure to achieve, to have some breakthrough, holds us back from the process to reach it.

Take writing for an example (please substitute any example you want that applies to your life).

Who cares if you can’t think of anything brilliant when you’re wiped out at 11 p.m.?

Did you follow the process and dedicate the time to work on it today? The habit of doing is more important than brilliance.

You can’t control when you will be brilliant, only the interval that you work. Forgot about breakthroughs. Focus on intervals of work.

People say things like: show up because the payoff will come, respect the process, Things take time.

Instead of putting pressure on what you want to achieve an hour before you go to sleep, focus on the habit of activity.

Take a small habit that you would like to master.

Mine is writing 30 minutes a day. Sometimes I can’t get myself to do it...

After I put the kids to sleep and have the time, my brain is spent. I think I can’t have good ideas worth writing about right now.

It’s subtle, but do you see how that thought is tied to achievement?

My thought of not producing something of quality is getting in the way of grabbing a pen and getting to work.

Like me, I’m sure your roadblocks are tied to achievement rather than the simple action of the work.

It doesn’t matter what comes out of the writing session, whether it’s good or bad.

What is important is I make the habit, the time I dedicate to the process of writing. Great ideas come when they come.

The more dedicated I am with good habits, the more opportunities I give myself to have the breakthroughs.

It doesn’t matter what happens. The only thing that matters is what you do.