By: Mason Curry
Book Overview: Franz Kafka, frustrated with his living quarters and day job, wrote in a letter to Felice Bauer in 1912, “Time is short, my strength is limited, the office is a horror, the apartment is noisy, and if a pleasant, straightforward life is not possible then one must try to wriggle through by subtle maneuvers.” Kafka is one of 161 inspired—and inspiring—minds, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do, whether by waking early or staying up late; whether by self-medicating with doughnuts or bathing, drinking vast quantities of coffee, or taking long daily walks. Brilliantly compiled and edited, and filled with detail and anecdote, Daily Rituals is irresistible, addictive, magically inspiring.
As creatures of habit, there are dozens – if not hundreds – of things that we do on a regular basis that don’t even require as much as a single thought. Things that we have done so often, and over such an extended period of time, that they literally have become a part of who we are and how we go about our day.
Some of these habits are healthy, empowering, and good, while some of these habits are unhealthy, disempowering, and not-so-good. And, once a habit is established, it’s very hard to break – a truth I’m sure you’re all too familiar with.
What’s easier than breaking an old, bad habit is creating a new, good habit. This is where habit stacking comes in to play.
The idea is simple: Take a habit that is already established and a part of your lifestyle and stack a new habit (that you want to build) on top of it. By pairing them up, you use the first – already established habit – as a trigger to remind you and drive you to do the second.
Think about it…
You hold in your hand the camel’s hair brush of a painter of Life. You stand before the vast white canvas of Time. The paints are your thoughts, emotions, and acts.
You select the colors of your thoughts; drab or bright, weak or strong, good or bad.
You select the colors of your emotions; discordant or harmonious, harsh or quiet, weak or strong.
You select the colors of your acts: cold or warm, fearful or daring, small or big.
Through the power of your creative imagination you catch a vision… you dream a dream.
You visualize yourself as the man you want to be.