One of my new goals for 2019 is to write 2 blogs each week. Unfortunately I only managed one last week, but I will try and restore the pattern. This is an integral part of shaping the identity you want to become – keeping up repetitive patterns or as some people call it, systems.
Part of shaping my identity as writer, is to write consistently. Just like an athlete needs to train regularly to become top fit and prepared for competitions, each one of us needs to practice in the field we have chosen with self discipline and focus to become more of who we need to be to act out our unique purpose.
Nobody always feels inspired to repeat their patterns daily, weekly or even monthly, but just to take small action steps in the right direction already helps. James Clear, habit specialist, talks about “the two minute” rule, which is a micro step towards your chosen identity, for instance, journal just one sentence a day- technically you are “writing” something everyday. Julia Cameron, well known play write and writer of books like “The Artist’s way”, ” The sound of paper” and “Walking in this world”, wrote a lot about how repetitive writing can help unblock creativity and getting one into taking action in any field where you feel stuck and get you back on track.
The routine you establish for each day, will become the rhythm of your repetitions, which will, when practiced diligently, lead you to fulfilling potential and your unique purpose. you will become whole, thus reaching the identity you strife for. I know a lady who patiently makes the most beautiful quilts. She is suffering from depression, but she told me the repetitiveness of the needlework required for quilt making, is healing for her. Repetition thus has healing qualities, not just literally, but in the sense that it restores us to the self that is our true identity, it resurrects the authentic being within that are so often overshadowed or hidden by the ego self, the false identities we create to conform to the world and other people’s ideas of who we should be, or the direction we took that leads us away from our true path because we just thought it would be easier or looked like the more attractive option at the time.
In the end it is all about taking that action step in the right direction. Soon that action will become a habit and an integral part of shaping identity. Whether it is taking a run every morning, practicing a music instrument or painting for a certain amount of time everyday, it is all about the repetitions. What you spend your time on everyday, is who you will become. James Clear writes in his book “Atomic habits” that he once asked an elite coach who was visiting the gym he frequents what the distinctions between the best athletes and everyone else are. The coach mentioned that genetics, luck and talent all plays a role in distinguishing between the good and the great but that “at some point it all comes down to who can handle the boredom of training every day, doing the same repetitions over and over and over.”
Routine repetition reaps rewards.My partner has a friend who routinely spends an hour every morning to work on the SEO of his e-commerce business and he claims this is the sole reason he is driving a Ferrari. Even big established brand names like Coca Cola has noticed that if they don’t repeatedly advertise their product, sales dwindle. I hurt my back a while ago but after swimming at least half an hour every day for two months, the pain is completely gone. After consistently being the top sales assistant the past year, my son has earned profit sharing in the business he works for while studying.
The road to recovery and resurrection of your identity requires consistent repetition in a set routine. The greatest version of yourself requires grit, the staying power needed to put in those reps every day to fulfill and keep on fulfilling your potential.