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Feeding the behavior monster
Muse #162 - does all change lead to behavioural change?
I used to think that all change is behavioral change. Now, I don’t believe it so much. A lot of change that looks like change, is not really real change at all. Let me explain.
I classify behaviours into two types of things - one that has become part of you and does not change no matter what, or until you want to deliberately change it again. These behaviours seem to be some kind of addiction - to a routine, to habits that stick and to other things that you want to do and enjoy doing.
And then there is my second kind. Things that I am forced to do, have to do. I do it routinely sometimes every day or each week. But these things I would stop doing in a jiffy. From the outside, it will look like I do these things - but it is a rather nebulous structure, something that can fall apart quite easily.
After 162 days of writing, I still feel that these posts fall into the second kind. Why? I am here end of the day hanging in there to get these complete. But, that is not the intent. I enjoy writing some of it and if I plan what to write for over a few days in advance perhaps would put in more research and depth into my writing. So, now I am introducing a new constraint to myself. I am going to stop writing these posts in the evenings and work to publish them in the mornings.
Perhaps a different timing will give it a different perspective, thinking and flavour. But I am at least committed now. While at it, I should set a time it would go out too. 9 AM would be nice. There are few newsletters that I get bang on time at 9 AM each day. Seth Godin is one and Andertoons is another. And when they are delayed makes me wonder whether Seth or Mark are in an accident or in the hospital… I am letting my mind wander.
So here is to feeding the behaviour monster some change cookies…