Usually the word habit has some sort of negative connotation attached to it. “You don’t want to make a habit of it.” “They’re trying to kick the habit.” But there are some things worth repeating. The idea of a habit is to do something regularly until you’re doing it without knowing your doing it.
On your journey to remarkable, there are certain habits worth cultivating:
- The Habit of Practice: This is done regularly. Going out to the baseball field once a year is not considered practice. Playing your guitar once a month is not considered practice. Purposfully practice your craft. Make it intentional. We learn in Malcom Gladwell’s book, Outliers, that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to really shine, so get at it.
- The Habit of Reading: For some people this is easy, and for others it is incredibly hard. If you’re at all like me, you like to be moving, and reading doesn’t exactly cater to that want. However, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it. Reading is an integral part of learning. I have three different ways of reading to help keep it fresh: Google Reader (blogs), Audible (audio books), and good old paperbacks. I check my reader when I get to work, listen to books in the car when I can’t fall asleep (for obvious reasons), and read paperbacks in my free time. Anyway you decide to do it, make time to read.
- The Habit of Excellence: This one may be the hardest. How many times do we start something well and complete it with mediocrity in order to move onto the next project? The truth is that good enough is not great, and great is not remarkable. Remarkable people stand out. It’s important to set standards for ourselves. Standards that challenge us to be better and grow. “Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation …”
As always, thanks for reading.