It doesn’t matter what your definition of success is, to actually make the things that you want to happen, in fact, transpire there is one small think that will make all of the difference.
Without it you can guarantee that you will not succeed. This “trick” is a very simple idea that is very hard to implement.(Tweet it!) In fact it isn’t really a trick at all.
What is it (I know you are dying to know!)?
Yes, I can hear the sighs right now.
But there is a way to make this much more invigorating + inspiring. You can actually “trick” yourself into enjoying this process. This is through turning your habits into rituals.
When I was heavily involved in dance in high school there were certain rituals I did to prepare for class.
I’d change into my leotard + tights and put my hair up in a bun. Of course I would make sure I had the right shoes and before class my friends and I would catch up or I’d find a quiet spot to stretch.
Our whole class was in fact a ritual.
Warming up, going to the barre, going across the floor, and doing a combination. When taking classes in the city we would end the class by doing a reverence sequence, taking a bow and thanking the teacher and musician for their service and then we’d clap to celebrate what we’d just done. (I still do this in the classes I take today)
Usually, my friends + teacher would chat for a little (or a long) while and then hugs went around as we left.
All of this was almost a daily practice for me and the structure it provided me was exactly what I needed as a young dancer. In fact, I felt lost without it once I graduated high school.
And, btw, the only way to get really good at something like ballet, this is the kind of habitual action you must take to develop your skill + strength as an artist (not just physically, but emotionally as well).
It was the studio space that made this experience feel like home to me, a sanctuary to give my best work in. Showing up daily to the black marley floor, mirrors, and barre was the first step to becoming a really great dancer. I loved this ritual and am glad I get to incorporate it into my life now as I take classes as an adult.
Rituals do two important things to make habits stick.
1. They prepare you to actually do the work. You can’t write without a pen + paper or your computer + keyboard (ie: tablets + smartphones don’t cut it!)
2. They prepare you mentally for what you are about to do. Making a cup of tea + lighting a candle before you go sit down at your desk says to yourself that you are taking care of yourself so that you can do your best work.
This is where having a workspace that functions well, is clear of clutter, and inspires you is so key. It helps you actually enjoy the habit of getting to work. And when you truly enjoy that process, you will thrive, not only in coming up with great ideas, but in making them happen.
Think about this: when you do clear your desk at the end of the day, don’t you feel good? You’re telling yourself that you have completed what you’ve needed to for the day and the rest will be ready for you tomorrow. Turn that little habit into a ritual by celebrating all that you’ve accomplished that day as you do so.
Then, as if by surprise, tomorrow when you get to work your desk will cheerily welcome you, clean + clear, open to new possiblities.
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What’s ONE habit you need to implement that you can turn into a ritual? Share your goal and insights in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!
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