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HABITS vs PATTERNS

Updated: Dec 8, 2023


“You do not decide your future. You decide your habits and your habits decide your future.”

Prompt:

What is a pattern you’d like to change as an artist in the coming year?

What is a habit habit you’d like to start or improve?


My Answers:

I want to stop procrastinating and work ahead of deadlines.

I’d like to take one day/session per week that is not for feeling “productive” that is only for myself.


Thoughts & Actions:

(A lot of my content here focuses on the “pattern of negative thoughts” but this not have to be thought related.)


How do you replace negative patterns with healthy habits?

  1. Identify patterns that need changing.

  2. Determine what about the pattern is frustrating or destructive.

  3. Articulate what you want to change and how to change it.

  4. Change something small. It seems obvious, but when you are overwhelmed, it’s hard to figure out how to get out of a negative pattern. You can’t fix it all at once, so start with one aspect.

  5. Write instead of think. There is clarity in writing.

  6. Declutter your life and mind. When you have space, time, and organization you are less reactive to negative patterns.

  7. Practice Positive Self Talk - We are our own harshest critics. Let it out, but also let it go. Reframe the conversation you have with yourself as if you were having it with a friend. Tell yourself what you need to hear.

  8. Start the day with affirmations that focus on how you want to be in the world and the habits you want to make.

  9. Look for and focus on the things you love in your work.

  10. Physically disrupt negative thoughts. When you get into a negative thought pattern, physically move your body. Event with a simple flow. This should come naturally to movement artists, but sometimes is harder for us than non movers because some type of movement can be the source of the negative pattern.

  11. Make space! Be aware of “toxic productivity”, over-scheduling, staying “busy” as a coping mechanism, or the tendency that we have as artists to always say yes to everything (fear of famine).

  12. Show up for yourself as an artist. For me this feels like being aware of things that tap your creative reserve.

  13. Visualize what you want to do, how you want to work, who you want to be.

  14. Check in with your intentions, don’t set and forget.



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