A writing piece from Scott P. Scheper.
One American Plaza
Downtown San Diego, CA
Tuesday, 4:14 pm
I have some good news, and bad news.
First, the good news: once you've developed wise habits, you don't have to worry about slipping up every once in a while. Why? Because old habits die hard.
Now, for the bad news: the same is true for your unwise habits.
The habits you've built up are stronger than you probably imagine.
This is something to prepare for whenever you set out to change certain habits.
Doing something once won't instantly change your life. You shouldn't expect such. But at least you're on the right path.
It's not what we do once in a while that counts, but our consistent actions. You don't go to the gym once and think yourself complete. Working out is a practice. The same is true for life.
In life, your results are your habits. However, this is great news...
Here's why: Massive results come from simple habits.
For example, look at this man's routine:
- Wake up at 6:45 a.m.
- Get to office around 8:00 a.m. by driving 1.5 miles.
- Read The Wall Street Journal and whatever else of interest.
- Leave office at 5:30 p.m. sharp
- Dinner of either a hamburger or pork chop——just no veggies!
This is the routine of Warren Buffett, a man with a net worth of $103.8 billion.
Magic doesn't come from one event, it comes from consistency.
And what is consistency shaped by?
Scott P. Scheper
P.S. If you read yesterday's post, you know I've challenged myself to a 21-day no alcohol challenge. I made it 24-hours to day one. Was it difficult? Pshh, no! It was easy! OK, fine... I maybe once or twice desired a crisp chardonnay. But the thought of public failure made me sack up——which is why I made my challenge public! However, here's something interesting I discovered: my night-owl habit didn't vanish instantly. I went to bed slightly earlier than usual last night, but this morning it took just as long for me to get my butt into gear! I wasn't expecting that. Which goes to show just how powerful habits are. They're ingrained deeply into us. They don't change overnight. Next time you adopt a new habit, make sure you anticipate the same... And also make sure... you press on! Peace and love, -Scott
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Ravikant, Kamal. Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It. New York, NY: HarperOne, 2020. ↩︎
“Warren Buffett.” In Wikipedia, May 3, 2021. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Warren_Buffett&oldid=1021301635. ↩︎
Scott P. Scheper