“The journey of 1000 miles begins with one step.” - Lao Tzu
“Little by little, a little becomes a lot.”
“You do not control your future, you control your habits and your habits control your future.” - F.M. Alexander
“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.” - John C. Maxwell
“Either you run the day, or it runs you.” - Jim John
“A daily routine built on good habits and disciplines separates the most successful among us from everyone else. The routine is exceptionally powerful.” - Darren Hardy
What do these quotes have in common? They all address the fact that the small, simple, daily actions that we have control over are way more important than we give them credit for.
Think of the last time you were visioning a goal or desire for your future. It might have been a promotion, or a new home, or a dream vacation, or your weight loss goal…you get the point. Now let me ask, when you were done with the vision / goal setting aspect, did you reel it back in to daily actions you can do to make that goal a reality? Or did you just leave it out in the universe as just a dream?
Heres my belief - I believe that we get overwhelmed by our big ideas and let them cripple us from taking action. And we completely underestimate the power our daily lives have on our future.
If you have a college degree, you can relate to this example (if you don’t, think of something big that you’ve accomplished in your life). Imagine being 17 years old and presented with these two options for obtaining a college degree:
120 credit hours
576 homework assignments
4 years of your life
etc. etc. etc.
Go to class each day (3-5days / week)
Do homework / study for 2 hrs each day
Get summers off
Which one seems more appealing? Which one seems more overwhelming? Its pretty obvious, right? Yet, all the time, in our lives we overwhelm ourselves with details and obstacles rather than simplifying with simple actions for our day to day lives.
Here’s my challenge to you - create a list of 1-5 action items that if you did them in a day you would consider that day a victory. Keep them simple enough that you have no excuse not to do them, yet powerful enough that if they were done consistently they would yield great results. Here are some examples to get the wheels turning:
write down 3 things I’m grateful for
exercise at least 15mins
write 1 thank you note and send it
start my day with a glass of water
prepare my lunch at night for the next day
review my calendar in the morning
make 3 sales calls
I guarentee if you start making your goal to simply be, ‘win the day’, you will be amazed with your life in a year!