Monday, August 08, 2016

Five thousand people waiting for you to learn something

The secret to developing healthy habits is changing your surroundings, not yourself. 

Building in external accountabilities that knock out the excuses of doing something on your own. 

Starting a blog is a perfect example. Doing so takes an activity or hobby or interest that matters to you, say, creating gluten free recipes for a restrictive diet, and translates it into a sense of obligation. 

Because even if your readership is small, the process of blogging still forces you to tell yourself and the world something true, in public, every day. 

It’s a promise. A social contract. The ritual manipulates you into doing what you want to do anyway, but within a more structured framework. Simply by virtue of having blog creates the added pressure and accountability of an audience who’s interested in what you have to say. 

I have colleague whose daily blog has accumulated a significant following over the years. When I asked him what the secret was to sustaining his publishing schedule, he made a comment I’ll never forget:

You’d be surprised how quickly you can learn something when five thousand people are waiting for you to learn it. 

Proving, that when you change your surroundings instead changing yourself, sticking to new habits isn’t as intimidating as it sounds. 

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