Habits

We’re free to tweak, experiment, and shift. Sometimes, though, we forget that the small is often the game-changer.

What if it’s simple to make specks of difference?

Who knows what surprise these subtractions or additions can bring into our lives?

These changes are, take note, small. But something small but good and intentional is never beneath us. So for now let’s get past grand thoughts of losing XX amount of weight, switching to ketogenic diet, reading a pile of books, checking 10 or more things off our to-do lists. We only have so much energy to spend in a day.

Instead, we can set our minds free by working on one change at a time. Start small, ride the long haul.

Look into your daily routine—the small details that make up your empire. What needs a little tweaking? What can be added to amplify your day? What needs to be given up and slowly replaced? These changes, when they add up, can greatly improve our well-being.

Here’s for a start:

–Wake 10 minutes earlier than usual

–Read one chapter a day

–Engage in that lesson for a few minutes

–Clean up for five minutes

–Take a walk outside

–Take a detour to work

–Smile to a stranger

–Decline a piece of bread

–Add a new spice to an old dish

–Think of one thing to be grateful for

Our willpower is surprisingly weak. Thus, shifting to a new habit is easier when made convenient: making good calories easier to grab, wearing your gym clothes ahead, tying a habit to another habit, creating an accountability partner. Change your surroundings little by little and you change yourself.

As someone who breaks even a good habit, I can say there isn’t a foolproof recipe to stick to the changes we seek for ourselves. The key to make things stick, I realized, is to know intimately what works for us, allow ourselves some slack when we fail, move on, and improve.

Also, to forge a habit is to scrutinize our values and align it with our actions. After all, what we do reflects our priorities. If it’s not what we say we are, then it’s time to re-examine.

What truly matters to you? Is it your health? If you’re serious, then you shoot long term, right? Is it doing that project? Then are you in it now?

Evaluating our reasons for starting or keeping a habit will either break or spear us forward. So we might as well cultivate a great reason.

Whatever changes we aspire to make, we are only to progress if we work on minute changes at a time and revisit our values often. By doing so, we take pride on the novelty and improvement we deliberately bring into our lives.

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