One Apple A Day #437 – I don’t control the outcome, just the process.1 min read

I love this moment of the day. I sit here with some relaxing music, and I write for 15 minutes or so.
No goals. Just the act of writing.
It amazes me how I’ve been able to keep this practice for so long, despite my proven lack of self-discipline.

Unfortunately, any time I tried to apply the same strategy to work on my book, I failed. Again and again.
The practice of writing daily on the book never took off.
I used the same strategies: the same time of the day, same duration, the same tool.
Nothing!
After a few days, something gets in the way, and the practice is gone.

It has been going on for months. As a result, I blew up all my deadlines on the book project, and it became very frustrating.

With all deadline gone, I started losing my grip on the outcome. Questioning if I will ever see the final book.
And then, something happened.
When the outcome faded away, the habit of writing daily started to stick.

I realised that what makes this habit easy to keep is the total absence of outcome. I write every day just for the pleasure of writing.

I don’t control the outcome, just the process.

The moment I gave up my desire to control the outcome, I was able to focus on the process and make it work.

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