I put Cowriters (now Writelier) as the website that opens whenever I start Firefox. I thought it would be an incentive, a trigger to write. It has not worked yet. The thing is, triggers work if there is a reward and unless you write consistently for a few days, there is no reward in starting to write. This is an attempt to change that.
I saw a video from Matt D' Avella a month ago. I don't remember the topic, but I do remember one specific part of it. He was sharing the process of building the habit of going to the gym or simply exercising. He says that he tried to started it many times in the past 10 years. He tried, went for a couple of days or weeks but eventually he stopped going, until he didn't. He says he doesn't remember very well what was different that time, but that time it simply clicked. He says that you could many of all the tricks he teaches, but at the end, keeping a habit is a matter of simply not stopping.
In our lives there are moments were we just keep going. There are also moments when we decide to stop doing whatever we are doing. In both cases, it is a decision, but it is a different one, a more transcendent one. We decide to change because not doing it is way more painful that doing it. The problem is those situations are not as common as you think and they require to walk right in the edge of our mental peace and stability.
Since walking there could be dangerous, there must be a different, more efficient and less painful way to introduce habits in our lives. Keep trying is simply is one of them. If you are reading this and you stopped writing or whatever habit you are trying to grow, I have a message for you: go do it now. Go. Stop reading. Stop reading!
You came back? Did you do it? Great!
One day at a time.
One foot in front of the other.