Habits appear out of nowhere, or so it feels. But in reality, a habit is formed by repeating a behavior over and over.
So, can you intentionally start a habit? I think you can, I’m going to try. While I’ve posted about drawing before, I haven’t devoted the time needed to develop as much as I would like. It’s an off and on hobby. One I wish I took more seriously.
And isn’t that silly? To wish you took something seriously when you could simply adjust your sails and make it happen?
This time, I’m putting pencil to paper and making a change. I’m starting a daily drawing habit.
Don’t worry, I do realize stating this is the easy part. Developing the habit over time is going to take some willpower.
But here’s the thing: I know it will pay off. Drawing is a skill, it simply takes persistent and practice to get the results you want. To have the images in your head appear on the page. Like any skill, practice is key.
Ignoring the voice in my head that says 15 minutes a day isn’t enough, I’m going to start with 15 minutes a day. Because that feels manageable. That feels like I’m setting myself up for success (and I want to succeed!!).
In the morning, before looking at my phone or checking my email or reading the news, I’m going to draw. For 15 minutes. And if that ends up being 30 minutes or longer, great. But 15 minutes is a start.
Mali Anderson is a Chicago-based content creator. She creates blog posts, web copy, original photography, and feature articles.