~ Judy Yu
Daniel Coyle, author of the best seller, The Talent Code, offers a nice piece of advice in his book “The Little Book of Talent. We all know that habits are hard to develop and may seem like a lot of drudgery. “Drill and kill” is the phrase often used to describe the repetitive practice of doing anything over and over. Practicing scales on the piano. Mastering guitar riffs. Dribbling a soccer ball. Running the lines in football.
When seen as boring and tedious, it is no wonder that we often can’t bring ourselves to jumping into a practice session with total passion.
Instead, Coyle suggests that we turn these practices into a game. Create a competition with yourself and reward yourself at the end of the game. Count the number of times that you are perfect with your scales and give yourself a point each time. Set your goal on greeting 5 people a day with a smile and give yourself a smiley face sticker each time you receive a smile in return.
Over time, you will see how this practice becomes a habit!
Question: What habit do you want to build and how can you turn this into a game?