11/25/21: Traditions, priorities, and giving thanks
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This week's Think Better Newsletter is about the value of traditions.
If you had to boil down Make the Leap into its most essential ideas, it would be prioritization, engagement, and consistency. (Would you agree?)
When we get these right we do the right things, with the right amount of effort, for long enough to make a breakthrough.
The way we implement these core ideas is by turning them into habits, routines, and systems. By doing so, we make it as easy as possible to prioritize what's important, sustain motivation, and not rely on willpower alone.
As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, I'm struck by the parallels between powerful traditions and powerful systems. Traditions empower us in a similar way, only on a longer time horizon. Traditions are systems on a macro scale.
Whereas our habits ensure we do the right things on a daily (or even hourly) basis, a tradition ensures we reconnect with and re-establish the priorities that matter to us on a yearly basis.
Whether they are holiday dinners, reunions with old teammates, or simply remembering an important event from our past, traditions highlight our priorities, challenge us to re-engage with them, and they provide a consistent benchmark for our lives.
Strong habits help you become who you want to be. Strong traditions help you remember who you are.
Thanksgiving is a powerful holiday because of what it stands for. It creates a tradition of gathering and sharing gratitude. I can't be with you in person but I'd like to share my gratitude.
Thank you to all of you who helped me get Make the Leap written, published, and into the world.
Thank you to all of you who purchased a copy.
Thank you to all of you who subscribed to this newsletter.
Thank you to all of you who have written reviews, sent me emails, and engaged with me on social media.
Thank you to all of you who told someone else about the book.
Thank you to all the coaches who bought copies for their athletes.
And thank you to all of you who continue to support me in myriad other ways.
I've learned a lot this year, and you've all played an important role.
What is your favorite tradition? What priorities is it reinforcing?
Go Be More,
Author of Make the Leap: Think Better, Train Better, Run Faster and the companion Think Better Workbook
Co-host of the Go Be More Podcast
Co-host of the Fueling the Pursuit Podcast
"You don't really need modernity to exist totally and fully. You need a mixture of modernity and tradition."
- Theodore Bikel
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