Brushing your teeth is not very glamorous. Neither is exercising or eating healthy or feeding your mind good stuff on a regular basis. These are just things we do because it’s good for us. Necessary. Wise.
And if you go look at yourself in the mirror after a hard workout, you probably won’t see much of a difference– actually, you probably will look pretty sweaty and yucky. And if you go look in the mirror the next day, you probably won’t see much of a difference–actually, by then, you might be in pain as your muscles feel the workout from the day before. At that point, you might decide that exercise is for the birds–who needs the sweat, the pain, the hard work anyways if you can’t see any result?
I love this quote from Aristotle: “We are what we repeadetly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Habits are a strong predictor of success. Show me your habits and I can probably show you the quality of your life in ten years.
I did a lot of growing up the year I finally accepted that the law of the harvest in undeniable. I will reap the fruit of my habits, good or bad. My life is a mirror of my habits thus far, and my future life is clearly being designed by the habits I establish in the now.
So, no. you don’t see the result of exercise overnight. And no, you don’t see the result of eating a candy bar overnight. And really, if you just eat one, it’s no big deal. It’s the repetition that makes it count. An extra candy bar every day for 365 days, that’s a lot of calories that your body has to process… might have to store quite a few of them in the fat cells.
Telling your kids that you love them once might not impact their lives forever. However, if you habitually tell them that they are loved, this becomes part of who they are.
And managing your thoughts once might not impact your life forever. However, if you manage your mind daily, you become a different person.
Habits shape your future.
What kind of future are you building?
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