I’m like most people – too hard on myself sometimes, which comes from the realization I let myself off too easy too often.
Everyone who gets where they are going does it on purpose, not accident, does it with intent, does it with a process of some kind – rooted in a belief that process is a worthy guide.
Routines, habits and commitments are at the root of most achievements because they are at the root of most achievers. Athletes, inventors, artists, accountants, doctors, engineers, teachers, business executives too, and writers. Don’t forget writers …
Take writing for example ~ writing every day is part habit, part therapy. I like this habit lots – it has helped me in so many elements of my life it would be disrespectful of the process to say it only helps my writing. If that was all it did, I would still keep doing it but there is an enormous bonus. Part from the writing, part from the habit.
In terms of therapy whether physical or mental – it is always easy to hire some head doctor by the hour to poke and prod our brain just as we might engage a physical therapist, personal trainer or get a massage. Each of those therapies require participation and effort on our part. We must participate in our own treatment – and of course, we need work and guidance from them.
The personal therapy of writing is solitary and silent, there is no person saying “do 10 more” or asking “what do you think that means?” to contend with. The questions are usually tougher, and letting myself off easy is rarely an option.