I have a nasty habit of judging fat people.

I look at them and wonder how they got like that, what the hell they are eating, if there was a point where they realised they'd crossed the line into obesity, if they're trying to do anything about it.

Maybe I choose fat people because it's easy to feel like I'm better than them.

It's harder to pass judgement on people you perceive to be better than you. Usually you just get awestruck instead.

Seth Godin recently posted this 5,000th blog post. For the past few years he has written something on his blog on a daily basis. Now that is impressive. He also wrote that his biggest surprise was "That more people aren't doing this."

Why aren't they? Why is it so hard to make habits stick? 

You have to start with small steps.

Pick one thing habit you want to acquire, and build on top of that.  

My problem in the past has been piling everthing into an uber-wishlist. I wanted to learn to play guitar, and go running, and write short stories and generally make myself a better human being. But I did none of it. Except buy new running shoes and a book about the running tribes of Mexico and then go jogging a couple of times before stopping.

So, start with just one habit. 

For me it's going to be meditation.  

Most days now I sit with my eyes closed for 10 minutes before I start my day. In fact I've just upped the time to 11 minutes. 

When I've done this 30 days in a row, I'm going to level up. (You can use apps like Commit or Lift to help track your progress on this kind of thing).

And then aim to write 1,000 words a day, on top of meditating.

Then (perhaps) build another habit on top of that.


Posted to life in 2013.

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