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Jul

Building Habits with Paper Clips – Day 2

Yesterday, I started building a paper clip chain to track my progress on my goal of walking for at least 45-minutes each day for 40 days in a row. That single paper clip looked very lonely hanging next to my home office door. I’m happy to announce that it now has a friend, and I must admit that the pair seem like a perfect match. :)

Yesterday I was reasonably motivated to walk. I’m not sure why, but I was. This morning, I really didn’t want to go. I looked at that little lonely paper clip and decided that I would go ahead and do it. I’m really glad that I did now.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve tried several things to motivate me to walk. For a while I listened to motivational audio books and podcasts on my MP3 player while I walked. For a while I listened to fiction audio books while I walked. My own neighborhood gets a little boring after a few days, so I’ve tried walking other nearby neighborhoods. All of these things have eventually became boring to me.

Paper Clip Chain - Day 2Right now, it seems like using my walking time as “thinking time” is the best use of my time. I’m not really paying much attention to the neighborhood. As I build the Ricky Spears brand and look to expand Spears Technologies, Inc., I certainly have plenty to think about, and over the past two mornings, this has been very valuable time.

Yesterday at Lifehacker.com, Gina posted a Quote of the Day that seems particularly relevant to this:

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” — Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

I have a high degree of confidence that my morning walking routines is going to have a major impact on my life success, in more ways than one.

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