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Habitual Perfection

November 12, 2008

My high school choir teacher used to say, “Practice does not make perfect. Practice makes permanent.”

I think he was right. With enough practice something can become a habit. Most of the time people talk about bad habits. Of course I have plenty of those. But I’m growing as a person so I must have some good habits. Of course at the moment I can’t think of a single one.

I can think of a plethora of my bad habits: sleeping in, interrupting people, overeating, staying up too late, watching too much TV, exaggerating things…

I could go on – but I already feel bad enough so I’ll stop. I decided this morning that I need to develop some good habits. I need to practice and make permanent some positive things in my life. But what?

I need more structure in my life so that I can become more effective at…well, everything. Mostly, right now I’m thinking about healthy habits, but I know it goes beyond that.

If I go to bed, wake up, eat and sleep everyday I know I will be healthier. If I exercise a little every day I will probably be skinnier. If I clean my house a little bit every day it will be cleaner. If I write a little bit every day I will probably be able to finish my…well something.

But now I am at the place where I often find myself paralyzed – decision time. Which habit should I go after first.

On a side note: one of my other problems, besides a bunch of bad habits, is the fact that I am kind of all or nothing and that keeps me from having good habits. I always try to start everything ALL at once and then it’s too much to do and subsequently, I fail and accomplish NOTHING.

I also sort of freeze up when I don’t have a comprehensive plan. So…a lot. I mean who has a comprehensive plan for life. That’s like impossible unless you can plan for everything. Which, of course, you can’t.

So what are some bad and good habits you all have? Any amazing stories about breaking bad or creating good habits? I could sure use the inspiration.

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