My Daily Thoughts


Quitter’s Day

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
Calvin Coolidge

The second Friday in January is called quitter’s day. It is the day that New Year’s Resolutions are given up on.

The mindset in play here is focusing on the outcome, not on the practice.

If you have a New Years Resolution to run on the treadmill every day, as soon as you miss a day you have failed. This is the wrong approach. If your New Years Resolution was to include running on the treadmill in your practice you can get better and better over time. Even if you only run on the treadmill a couple of times in January you are fulfilling your resolution. If your focus is on improving, on the practice of having your treadmill in your practice, you can continue to put effort into your resolution.

This focus on the practice rather than the outcome allows for the ebbs and flows in creating something new. There will be times when the practice is not working, there will be times when it is working well. There will be plateaus and times of rapid growth.

Keep focusing on the practice, on trying to be a little better than the day before and the outcomes will take care of themselves.

Live the Adventure


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