You will never change your life, until you change something you do daily. The secret to success lies in your daily routine. ~John Maxwell
the last couple of months, I've spent some time filtering my life through this quote (from Maxwell's 15 invaluable laws of growth). For better or worse, your life is the sum total of your habits. this has actually been liberating in a lot of ways. Where I used to feel pressure to make seismic changes in my life, I now know that life-change lies in the smallest, and simplest daily habits.
Here's a couple of changes I've made to my daily that have made me feel like a much healthier person:
Incorporating An Audio Bible
I'm more of a reading/writing learner than an auditory one. You can find your learning style here. If I listen to a chapter in the bible, I'll comprehend/retain about half as much as if I read it. However, it's been somewhat difficult to carve out the time to sit down and read 5 chapters in the bible, and even more difficult for me to get through that time undistracted by people, whether co-workers in my office or my kids at home... I have 3 of them now.
Which is terrifying...
I figured out that I can listen to about 7-9 chapters in my drive to and from work. The math was hard to argue with: Retaining 50% of 8 Chapters was > 100% of 0 chapters. Plus, previously this was lost time in my day, and now it's productive! (I just use the free YouVersion app for this.)
Here's a common thread to a lot of the changes I've made: Shifting from something that's ideal to something that works.
In my devotional fantasies (I'm pretty sure I'm the only person that has these) I get up while still dark, light a scented candle, put a pot of coffee on, and mark up 10 chapters of my interlinear bible, after quietly reciting the Shema for 2 hours.
In the real world, I'm pumped that I'm getting multiple chapters in, at least 5 days a week!
Drinking a gallon of water
Again: Small daily change done consistently yields a disproportionately greater impact on your life. Think of your habits like a handful of seeds that seem small in the moment, but over time yield an exponentially greater harvest.
Remember, I'm basically an expert on all this, since I've been doing it for 3 weeks.
Anyways I've been working towards health and I'm always looking for small ways to make an impact. When we were in the hospital for Ryan's debut, they gave Lizeth this quart jug with a straw for water (the straw makes it WAY easier to down large amounts of H2O). I found an extra one in our hospital bathroom which I quickly stole.
And by stole, I mean I paid $7,000 for it.
It's changed my life! Because it's a quart, I only have to refill it 3 times to reach a gallon. I've realized if I drink one before I leave for work, it's easy to drink a gallon (two more during my work day, and one when I get home). If I don't do that, I usually don't quite hit the one gallon mark. Days that I work out, I definitely hit my goal - drinking about a quart during my workouts alone. I can't stress enough how much the straw helps. Anyway, it's a small change, that has made my work outs more productive, yielded some water-weight loss, improved my metabolism, curbed my appetite, and given me more energy.
What something you could do daily that would change your life? Put it in the comments below!