The power of habits instead of willpower Experiment

Here I am. With more ideas than ever. Excitement regained. I couldn’t make sense of yesterday. I was in a plateau, I am in a plateau. I’m enjoying the plateau.

Project are waiting for me. And a common theme is that they will be accompanied with a daily progress log. Deadlines there will be. But the goal is another thing: to not break the chain.

It’s more of a commitment than a goal. My projects have no end in perspective. Just daily progress toward higher watermarks.

I shall record my movements and make it a learning journey, all along.

But I should be smart about it. No crazy objectives. Just measurable and achievable ambitions. First one and only objective: To stick to the practice. Forever. Until there is no more practice. And that’s hard to conceive.

I’ve got all of that from Mastery by George Leonard. I made sense of it. And will try to make the most of its teachings. Yes I have projects in mind regarding that youtube chrome extension. "Putting back the "you" in youtube", a second practice is to write. Influence. Operate mechanisms of power. Draw attention. Trigger emotions with words. That a challenge worth taking.

I can try and test this wordsmith-ness anywhere.

I’m bursting with excitement, but I know that excitement depletes in about 1 to 2 days. But what comes next are habit formations. And that’s where my strengths are. If I have proven something over the course of the past 2 years, it’s developing the habits that I still have today.

And look at me. I haven’t broken the chain.

Another thing I learned: Using anger.

The adrenaline rush, the energy, into some form of effort. It can be physical (pull-ups/push-ups/planks/swings/squats) or it can be directed toward the practice of not breaking the chain. The habit building.

I will also experiment with flipping my day and see how it goes. Instead of doing things first thing in the morning, generally thanks to willpower. I will completely disregard willpower for the more tranquil power of habits. My habits are generally strong when they are during the end of the day, before I go to sleep. So I will just vagabond and surf in the morning and look forward to get my habits done before I finish the day, and close the store.

You should do it because it’s inside you and you want to get it out there

This is a lot similar to my 3d modelling learning days.

I should go back and see where I made big mistakes, so I don’t repeat them.

But from memory, I remember that I was learning more than what I needed. I wasted a lot of time learning details that most haven’t been used afterwards.

I should also remember that even if I learn something and I don’t directly apply it. It will not remain in my memory. I will just know that I could go and source the knowledge from that particular place.

So in learning after effects I should just know what I;m trying to achieve and go straight to the point.

Like now, I want to make fumes, that burst and then go up very slowly. I know the "go up part" but still need to perfect the "burst" part. The option of holding in After Effect is doing the jo, but I need to configure the speed off the motion and that’s it.

Actually I should just leave it there and seek to control the speed of the motion.

I know that once I finish that bullshit video, I won’t automatically want to do another one. That’s why I should be ready for that. I know myself now much better than last year at this exact time.

That’s why I keep telling myself that daily videos of my thoughts, my readings should be here anyways and should be produced on a daily basis.

If you want to make a living from youtube you need to make upload so at least you have a chance in 5 years! You hear? But you should not do it so you can get a chance in 5 years. You should do it because it’s inside you. You want to get it out there.