I tend to have my mind wander from time to time. Most of the time, it is during conversations, but today, it happened while I was watching a documentary on Yohji Yamamoto.

He talked about the need to live and breath design rather then see design as a simple hobby, and it got me thinking on the importance of cultivating habits; and the way to develop one. After all, if we were to seriously put the idea of ‘living design’ in perspective. It has to be as systematic and autonomous as a daily routine. Eat, Sleep, Design as they would say.

According to research. It takes at least 21 days to form a new habit; be it a good or bad one. It is a process ultimately.

It is also a way to drive a desired lifestyle; for our motivation fluctuates, it is never stagnant, you can be very motivated on monday, but terribly disenchanted on tuesday. The gym is always the most packed during January after all as everyone has their new year resolutions ready. We need something more predictable, rather than simply being motivated due to a situation or event.

Cultivating habits allow one to make changes that will lead to a better character personally, and that should be an ultimate goal because it should lead you to being a better person overall. Just like how buying a new shirt might lead you to being fashionable, but where the ultimate goal is you being more confident about yourself.

I digged out an old saying; and revised it a little as I felt there were missing pieces.

Thoughts become words, words become actions, actions become habits, habits become quirks, quirks become reactions, reactions become personality and personality becomes character.

and that really should be the bottom line.



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