Without meaning to I’ve become an ardent fan of rituals. And I believe you should be, too. Before you go out and buy incense and beads understand I’m not talking religion here. We’re talking about the building blocks to building the meaning you want in your life.
This is not a religious practice, but it is a practice you do religiously.
OK, let me back up.
In the TEDx talk that started this whole thing, I say that people should have rituals for the
Yep, I am a morning person. Some of that is body chemistry and wiring. But some of it is understanding my lazy, procrastinating, pathetic self.
5 or 6 mornings a week I roll out of our warm bed to start my day. It’s not my favorite thing to leave Hoots in our warm bed. But I know in my heart that the only certain way to tackle the slipperiest of my practices is to use the predawn hours.
There are some things I’ll find time for nearly no matter what comes up. Training my body is one. I’ll find time for a workout even in an insanely busy day. Hoots’ rhythms and her walking streak help with that. She’s doing her thing. I can find time to do my thing. Plus, I feel like garbage if I don’t exercise. I know that. I hate that feeling. I’ll work to not feel that way.
Some of you know about Hoots and her 10,000+ steps-a-day streak. September 21, was the 3rd anniversary of 365 days of her walking 10,000+ steps everyday. 3 and half years. Rain or shine, sick or well, busy or not, travel or home, she walks 10,000 or more steps every day.
On the 2016 on the “anniversary” of the streak her total steps were: 14 million on 1,096 consecutive days. And she’s still going.
Streaks are a powerful tool for changing and reinforcing behaviors. A streak is simply a string of behaviors — an everyday action. A behavior chain.
Streaks are most powerful when you keep a record. Write them down where you will see