The Power Of Deliberate Practice And Myth Of Innate Talent In today’s episode of Sunday Letters, I’m discussing the power of deliberate practice and introduce you to the work of Anders Ericsson. Ericsson is a psychologist at Florida State University, studying the psychological nature of expertise and human performance. In his 1992 paper titled; “The Role […]
Our creative habits are everything. Creative habits are the reflection of the actions we take in pursuit of our creative goals. To have poor productivity and an experience of low income can almost always be a reflection of our habitual working tendencies. Change creative thought, change creative behaviour, change creative habits, and our experience changes. In this category you’ll find articles designed to help you change your creative habits for the better.
Sometimes I get frustrated, I lose enthusiasm when results don’t show up. Like this morning. I realise that reversing the momentum of the current trend is vital if I am to hit my goal of publishing this book on time. But right now I’m not feeling it.
We are creatures of habit, there’s no doubt about it. I look at myself and my behaviours and I see a very definite and predictable pattern to it all. Big brand marketers see it too and take full advantage. They know more about me and my cohort than I know myself. So that begs the question, are we really in control?
My biggest challenge right now is I can’t drag myself out of bed early. I have something I want to do and achieve but my fucking brain won’t play ball. I’m struggling here people… I’ve had this goal to create the habit of rising early, like 05:00, to have my own quiet space where I can think clearly and write. However, it’s not happening
When I load the dishwasher I do so with certain noticeable patterns of behaviour, order and structure. I set it up in such a way that ensures the glasses, cups, dishes and cutlery get washed properly and it makes it easy to unload later. But not everyone in our house does. Here’s how I’ve managed to deal with that.
William James was an American physician, philosopher and psychologist often referred to as the father of American psychology. He was responsible for publishing many influential works during his lifetime, of which the article “Habit” published in February 1887 is one. Here we can see how the basic principles of habit formation have not changed.
There’s a particular challenge in making commitments and sticking to them. Call them goals if you want, I don’t call them that any more. I’m talking about self commitments here, stuff we all say we want for ourselves then lament through later years as we failed to realise them.