Seth Godin on the Value of Streaks

Today, I couldn’t find the motivation to write.

I’ve been expecting this day would come for a while, in many ways it’s overdue! I’ve written every weekday since I started this blog and I know how valuable it is, I even wrote about it after two weeks of blogging, but knowing something is good for us, doesn’t necessarily mean we are always motivated enough to do it. This is why I’m up late writing this post, because keeping up the streak is important.

Seth Godin wrote a great post on his blog about keeping up the streak. In it he says:

  • Streaks are their own reward.
  • Streaks create internal pressure that keeps streaks going.
  • Streaks require commitment at first, but then the commitment turns into a practice, and the practice into a habit.

I’m sure nobody would notice if I didn’t post today, but I would. Breaking the streak would undermine the value of my commitment to myself and reduce the internal pressure that keeps me going. Once broken it would be so much easier to say to myself, “maybe I won’t write today” and this isn’t how lasting habits are built.

So, here’s to keeping up the streak. I’m sure it won’t be the last time I face this challenge but as the commitment to writing, turns into a regular practice and eventually a habit I believe it will become easier and easier to maintain. Thank you for reading and helping me stay true to my commitment.