101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think Part Two
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I want to continue covering a shelf help book that is I mentioned in last month’s blog.
It’s called 101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think, by Brianna Wiest.
This book is getting a lot of traction. Not every chapter might grab you but personally, I think there is enough stuff in here to peak a lot of people’s interest. Also, I’ve certainly heard some of the messages in this book echoed before by other authors, but sometimes a takeaway can be worded a little differently in order to resonate.
My last blog mentioned some of my favorite chapters from the book including;
Chapter 1: Subconscious Behaviors That Are Keeping You from Having the Life You Want.
Chapter 14: Expectations You Must Let Go of In Your 20s.
Chapter 15: Read This If You Don’t Know What You Are Doing with Your Life.
For this month’s blog, I would like to review another stand out chapter – Chapter 2: The Psychology of Daily Routine.
Now, anybody who knows me knows that I LOVE routine. I don’t know how I would have survived all these years without my daily habits, especially during Covid.
I’m also in a business that does not have a 9-5 structure. So, for me, a semblance of routine not only helps to keep the squirrels out of my head but over the years, it has turned me into a mentally, physically, emotionally and financially happy person.
Needless to say, I could really relate to this chapter. I hope it speaks to you, as well.
Here are seven of my favorite quotes from The Psychology of Daily Routine:
The most successful people in history—the ones many refer to as “geniuses” in their fields, masters of their crafts—had one thing in common, other than talent: Most adhered to rigid (and specific) routines.
As children, routine gives us a feeling of safety. As adults, it gives us the feeling of purpose.
Get a plan, because plans fix problems. Mentally strong people are planners. They think ahead. They prepare. They do what’s best for the long-term outcome. You might think that this disconnects them from the moment, but the opposite is true. Worrying disconnects you from the moment. Overthinking disconnects you from the moment. When you are consistently sidelined from your own anxiety, it’s because you don’t have a plan regarding the thing that’s making you scared.
If you want to change your life, you need to make tiny, nearly undetectable decisions every hour of every day until those choices are habituated.
As your body self-regulates, routine becomes the pathway to flow.
Instead of perfection, focus on progress. Instead of having something done perfectly, focus on just getting it done. From there, you can edit, build, grow, and develop it to exactly what your vision is. But if you don’t get started, you’ll never arrive.
Lack of routine is just a breeding ground for perpetual procrastination.
‘Perpetual procrastination’! Isn’t that the truth??? The funny thing is, as I write this review, I’m actually procrastinating about working on my taxes! So, I better get back to them. However, as I’ve stated before, 101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think by Brianna Weist is a wonderful read! The short, bullet point -style chapters are not everyone’s cup of tea but of course, being a routine-get-to-the-point person, I love that. I hope that you give it a read.
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Until next time folks, Laugh Long and Prosper!