Routine Is The Foundation Of Progress

Routines help us do what we must when our motivation is lacking.

Even with regards to things we want or need to do, it is difficult to stay motivated all of the time.

Desire comes and goes.

Passion comes and goes.

Enthusiasm comes and goes.

Routine helps us to stay on track.

It helps us to do the things we need to do even when we do not want to do them.

Beyond that, routine saves us from making unnecessary decisions from day to day, allowing us to conserve our mental energy, attention, and focus for the unexpected variables that will inevitably arise.

Routine gives us something to fall back on when we are uncertain, unfocused, or overwhelmed.

Developing a healthy, positive routine gives us a foundation for measured improvement, growth, and achievement that randomness never could.

Holistic Budo: As it is in budo, so too it is in life. As it is in life, so too it is in budo.

Robert Van Valkenburgh is co-founder of Taikyoku Mind & Body and Kogen Dojo where he teaches Taikyoku Budo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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