How to create something great over time

There is a big difference between doing something once in a while and doing something once a day.

When we do something once in a while it’s usually because it requires one of two things: inspiration or pressure.

The problem with this is that inspiration is hard to create from nowhere and pressure is usually only in the control of others.

When we tell ourselves that we’re going to do something once a day, what we create is a pseudo-pressure that we are completely in control of.

What we build through this mentality is the understanding that inspiration is not required. When the output of our work is not the true goal, but instead the goal is to form the habit itself, we can achieve something great every day. Even better, through doing this consistently, we create something that gets even greater over time.

We don’t need to create something great every day, we just need to create something every day, in time, this becomes something great.

“People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.”
– F.M. Alexander