Habit tracking, comparisons, and why accuracy is overrated

In this issue: Dive into the nuances of habit formation, add a splash of color to the ordinary, and reflect on a Zen proverb

🤔 INTERESTING

You've read Atomic Habits. You're convinced.

Systems over goals. Habits over motivation.

Bright eyed, full of hope, you decide tomorrow you're getting it together. And miracle of miracles, you do!

You go by the book. You nail your work out! You think, "why the hell did I wait so long to start?!"

You open your calendar and mark a big X over the day. This must be what Seinfeld was talking about: “Don't break the chain!”

Easy enough.

But 6 days in...you hit a brick wall:
• you get sick
• you work late
• you live a normal day of life when the universe conspires against your best intentions.

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📐 DESIGN

How a simple color change opens the door for your audience to step into imagination

My kids loved coloring Marvel superheroes growing up. But what’s funny is my son always needed to know EXACTLY what color to use for each character.

Red, white, & blue for Captain America.
Red & yellow for Iron Man.
But when I colored with him, I would use every color of the rainbow.

And of course he’d roll his eyes and say I was doing it wrong.

But I told him I’m just being creative. And he’d stare at me a moment…and just repeat I was wrong 😑 (some lessons take time 😆)

When you express yourself in art, it’s less important to make it accurate and more important to make it interesting. 

Make your work unique to you. This can take shape simply in the colors you choose.

Turtles are green.
Basketballs are orange.
We’ve seen this accuracy in colors thousands of times.

But change what your audience expects and you earn a moment of pause. And pauses are valuable in a noisy world.

The goal is not to portray reality. We can show accurate colors with other mediums and tools.

The goal is to share a sense that this is coming from an imagination. Even a simple color change is a start.

🔮 ENCHANTING 

A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it.
It just blooms.
– Zen Proverb

🧠 ANALOGY

"In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful."
-Alice Walker

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