Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Good Outlook

I received this in my email and it really it home with me...some many parts ring true and it is just a good reminder to keep plugging along at whatever you are working towards. Thought I would share as I am all about making some changes to a few of my habits...

The Habit is the Goal

I was chatting with a friend the other day about exercise and how there are days (sometimes weeks) when all I do are a few pushups. No running. No 30 minute workout video. Nothing but my pathetic attempts to push myself off the floor.
And yet I feel accomplished even in those seasons because I’ve realized that it’s not about how quickly we strengthen our body, but how faithfully we strengthen the habit.
Because if the habit gets stronger, so will we.

The Stronger the Habit, The Easier the Task

If we can build positive habits, they become a foundation that requires less and less emotional effort to continue. We can then focus more attention on new positive habits.
But if we try to do something incredibly hard, like suddenly getting up 1-2 hours earlier than normal, we will eventually grow weary and quit only to try to bare knuckle it again a few months later.
We want the habit. We have the determination. But the method breaks us.
Rather than go big and crash big, it is much more effective to start simple and keep the habit going.
There is no amazing Cinderella transformation, but there’s no stroke of midnight either. Faithfulness is a beautiful story of it’s own.
There is no better time than NOW to start small and finish strong.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks. I like this. It makes me think of one of my favorite sayings "the best time to start doing something right, is today!"