First We Make Our Habits Then Our Habits Make Us

October 18th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

When I was in the recording school at Westchester Campus in Houston we had a great instructor. He was a jazz drummer and his name was Herb Tassin. I don’t remember exactly how he said it but he was talking to us one day about recording and specifically the recording process when he said something to this effect quite bluntly-

“What is the point of doing anything half ass?”

Your just going to have to do it again and if you don’t do it again someone else is going to have to pick up the slack and do what you didn’t do, and what kind of impression is that to leave on the world?

His words stuck to me and I can still hear him saying that with such conviction I started to employ his philosophy at home when doing chores. It was fun and that simple nugget of wisdom stayed with me and I started to think-

How you do anything is how you do everything.

It’s very zen and in the moment- For example no one gets excited about washing dishes. However I might counter with- What is more enjoyable that slowly taking your hands and submerging them in warm water as you feel the suds float to your wrists?

You know I was getting my amp ready today to go see Bill Banks and I walked over to the cord and I unplugged it and carefully rolled it up and put it on top of the amp and then I disconnected the pedal. I then purposefully carried the Mesa Boogie head to my trunk, set it gently on the floorboard and drove to Dallas.

I’m not saying my way is the right way, but my way is the right way. If your going to do anything-

Do it and do it well.

I alluded to this earlier in a conversation about what’s possible. Just about anything is possible, if you are clear on it and put your mind to it.

When you believe your mind finds ways to do.

When we find ourselves called to do something and pulled in the direction of it for six weeks it becomes a habit. There have been some convincing trial studies done showing that once we get ourselves to do something on a consistent basis for six months it becomes a lifelong habit.

I’m going for six years…

All the best,

Eric

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