Streaks

Streaks

Streaks

August 8, 2019
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Seth Godin celebrates eleven years of daily blogging, quite an impressive daily runstreak I must admit. I am far from his caliber (in this, as well as in most – all? – things) but I am quite good at runstreaks myself. It’s soon seven years since I started my Swedish blog, and 6,5 years since I commenced my habit of daily blogging. Which I have not kept up as diligently as Seth, but still, in seven years I have published 2249 blog posts. 2250 with this one. And as I started my more-or-less daily blogging habit on January 23rd 2013, which is 2389 days ago, I have missed 139 days. In 6,5 years. Corresponds to roughly 5 %, which inversely means I’ve blogged just short of 95% of the days since then.

Cool.

Yet.
That wasn’t the point I aimed for.

Seth writes “Streaks require commitment at first, but then the commitment turns into a practice, and the practice into a habit. Habits are much easier to maintain than commitments.

He is so spot on here.

In another runstreak of mine I have managed to stick to the 100% daily drill – I did my 1817th Seven-morning workout today upon waking up. Monday August 18th 2014 I started, and since, I have not missed a single day. It’s evolved from being a commitment, which definitely along the way turned into a habit. One I do not question. It’s not a matter of IF I should do my morning Seven. I just do it. I have made the decision, and put it in the Decision Box, to use the words of my friend Caspian.

I made a decision on August 18th, 2014, to start (and finish) the Seven-month challenge that Perigee (the app-makers) promotes. Every day, I could have revisited that decision. But I didn’t, because I’d already made it. And needless to say, by the end of those seven months, I just kept going.

If nothing else, committing to a runstreak, honoring it and making it a practice, to be rewarded by it becoming a habit is energy conserving. I spent my energy d o i n g my morning workout, rather than debating with myself whether or not I should do it.

Now.
This might not work for everyone. At least not if the Four Tendencies come close to describing how people respond to inner and outer expectations. Needless to say, I am an Obliger. I do not question for a second that Seth Godin is one as well.

However. I firmly believe everyone can find ways of transforming commitments into habits. What’s your way to enable this type of transformation for you?

4 Comments

  1. Charlotte August 9, 2019 08:51

    Intressant att se listan över de fyra tendenserna. Jag kan se mig själv lite här och var. Jag tränar mycket på att starta inifrån mig själv och inte bry mig lika mycket om andras eventuella förväntningar på mig, men det är inte helt lätt.
    Däremot är jag uthållig och när jag föresatt mig något, så kör jag på.
    Men ibland byter jag en vana mot en annan. Tidigare mediterade jag på morgonen, numera börjar jag med en kärleksstund. Båda är bra för mig, men med lite olika fokus.

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    • Helena Roth August 13, 2019 23:25

      Att byta vanor med jämna mellanrum tror jag är bra – eller åtminstone att återbesöka dem emellanåt och säkerställa att de fortfarande är g o d a vanor och inte bara vanor som man gör för att man alltid gjort dem…

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  2. Malin Lundskog August 9, 2019 20:02

    Underbart det här! Precis så: först bestämma sig, comitta sig o hänga i = jobbigt!! Men efter ett tag blir det en vana. Särskilt om man känner att comittandet lönar sig på nåt sätt. O har kul under tiden …

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    • Helena Roth August 13, 2019 23:25

      Kul under tiden är en viktig ingrediens!

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