365 Days of Courage #23: Look at your mind as a wayward puppy ...


On January 19th, I wrote about Jerry Seinfeld's simple method for writing every day. He kept a calendar on the wall and every day that he wrote, he would cross out the date with a big red X.

"After a few days, you’ll have a chain,” Seinfeld said. “Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing the chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job is to not break the chain. Don’t break the chain.”

When I wrote about this, I was on day 19 of writing every day since January 1st. So guess what happened the day AFTER I posted about not breaking the chain?


Which then became all that I could think about. Not the previous 19 days when I did write but that 20th day when I didn't.

But then I saw this quote by Anne Lamott. If you love Anne Lamott as much as I do, you will know that she has a quote that will make you feel better about any. damn. thing.

So I'm choosing to look at my mind as a wayward puppy that I'm trying to paper train. And I'm just going to keep bringing it back to the newspaper.

I did write again on day 21 so it was ONLY a one day breaking of the chain. But in the past that one day break - whether it was a break from a new habit of eating better or drinking less or exercising more - would have thrown me for days or weeks or months. It would have reinforced this story that I have about myself that I never follow through or finish things that I start.

But the wise words of Anne Lamott got me back on track.

I'm now on day 3 of this new chain of writing every day. Which feels good!

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