habit |ˈhabit| noun1 a settled or regular tendency or practice
goal |gōl| noun1 the object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result
What has the looking glass got to do with habits and goals? It is important that we know ourselves well enough to know what our goals and habits are. Do you have a creative goal? Do you practice creative habits?
Twyla Tharp, in her book The Creative Habit, talks about the importance of habits. Habits are behaviors that become automatic through repetition. Some examples are brushing your teeth before bed or having a cup of tea or coffee in the morning. Goal oriented habits include things like daily training for a marathon (not a habit I have ever had) or daily practice of a musical instrument.
Do you have any creative habits? If so, what are they? How effective are they at helping you reach your goals? Remember, habits can be good or bad. They can move us forward, but just as easily, keep us stuck right where we are. My friend Moira Mallison, talks about touching fiber (her medium of choice) for 25 minutes every day. She gets specific because she wants action, not just reading a book or magazine or looking at images on the computer.
Take a moment to peer into the looking glass and examine your own habits. It's hard to make a new habit or break an old one because habits are imprinted on our neural pathways. Challenge yourself to create a new creative habit. R habits are most effective if they occur at about the same time each day.
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