Write So Consistently That It Becomes a Habit
Write so often that it becomes a part of your daily routine
With the new year underway, I’m sure that many of you have a few new year’s resolutions or goals that you’ve either written down somewhere or have floating around in your head.
Whether it’s a change in your diet, increase in physical activity, or productivity, I’m sure that a majority of your goals somehow involve modifying or improving your daily routines and habits.
This should go without saying, but before you get carried away, just know that it does take time until we actually witness positive results — And for many of us, that’s one of the main reasons why we quit so early in the game.
We want to see quick results and often don’t have the patience for progress.
I hate to break it to you, but change doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time, effort, and a hell of a lot of persistence to get the results that we want.
Often times, we make the excuse that we don’t have the time in the day to do certain things, but the honest truth is that we have to make time.
For those of you who are on Medium and have goals to become a better Writer, please know that you do have to work really hard to make this platform work for you.
Just like brushing your teeth or eating breakfast in the morning, you have to make writing a part of your daily routine. Whether it’s ten minutes or ten hours, take the time out of your day to devote specifically to writing.
I became a Medium member just less than one year ago and I only recently began to see the fruits of my labor only a few months ago this past summer.
That labor involved hours upon hours of writing multiple times a week, promoting my content, and becoming more involved on the platform — And even now, I’m still not seeing extraordinary volumes of claps or even views on a majority of my articles. Only once in a blue moon do my articles actually gain traction.
Among the hundreds that I’ve written, only a handful have actually surpassed one thousand views and in the grand scheme of things (just comparing that to a non-viral article on a small, indie online publication), that number is nothing.
When it comes to becoming good, and even more so, becoming great at anything in life, we have to learn how to make the thing that we are doing a habit. And habits form by repetition.
So, if your goal is to become a better Writer this year and in the future, the first step towards achieving that is by writing so often and consistently that it eventually becomes a habit.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” — Aristotle