Thursday, October 20, 2016
Repetition is the key to mastery. When you do something every day, without fail, no matter how you're feeling, or what excuses you give yourself, it becomes ingrained in your life. Malcom Gladwell wrote a book called Outliers. In it, he writes about people who are extraordinary in their field of choice, who he refers to as "outliers", and then discusses how they reached that level of mastery. Without fail, he talks about the 10,000-Hour Rule. This rule states that in order to become great at something, you need to practice it for 10,000 hours over time (which is about 90 minutes a day for 20 years). On average, the majority of Gladwell's "outliers" hit that number of hours of practice.
I think that this could apply to everyday life, but maybe on a less extreme. Say you would like to get into better shape. If you just spend 30 minutes a day doing some sort of activity (running, walking, dancing, etc.) you will begin to see changes to yourself in no time at all. Keep doing it over a prolonged period of time, and it will become a routine that is healthy for you. The key is the discipline of doing your chosen action. Everything else in your life can be a mess of spontaneity and reckless abandon, because that it is vital to not live in a world of strict routines. But if you keep a few things constant, you will see their effect on your life.