Chapter 11: Walk slowly, but never backward

We are so focused on figuring out the best approach that we never get around to taking action.

It’s not enough that we think about action. Thinking, reading, or talking will not complete the action for us. The only way to get what you want is to take action. The only way to be good at photography is to take a lot of pictures. The only way to be in shape is to exercise. Reading about new exercises or diet programs will not get you there. Only taking action will. You don’t have to take large actions, a small step every day is enough, as long as you take the step.

People often ask how long it takes to form a new habit. But the question should be, “How many repetitions does it take to form a new habit?” It doesn’t matter much long you repeat the action, it’s all dependent on the number of repetitions. There is no clear answer to the question because the more you repeat an action, the more automatic it is. There is no magic number to strive for; however, after 40-50 repetitions, the action becomes quite automatic.