We always say we want things to be different - in our relationships, work, health, whatever - but then we spend our lives locked in comfortable routines that ensure things stay the same.
This quote comes from a short and sweet column about how breaking daily routines can make you more creative. I have a lot of conversations with stylists (many of them much more experienced than myself) who plateau below their desired income because the routines they set up initially to give them a sense of control have held them back in the long run. Routines streamline, but they do so by diminishing the need to look sharp at every step in a process.
In relationships, routines give us a false sense of comfort. People are somewhat uncomfortable until they know what they can expect. Once they fully know what to expect, though, boredom and disillusionment follow quickly. Routines keep things on an even keel...until your client gets bored after 8 years and tries her friend's new stylist.
A little voice deep down is always ready to whisper that we want something better, that we want to believe more is possible. As stylists, our job is to keep reminding clients about that voice and be the one to answer it and validate it - with yet another exciting improvement!
Anything you tend to do automatically deserves a second glance.