Our greatest asset is time. Make friends with time. We often think about time as our worse enemy. There’s never enough, right? Imagine the negative imprint on the brain of always thinking there’s “never enough”. This is scarcity thinking. If your predominant thought is there’s never enough time, where else in life do you think there’s never enough? Money, happiness, love, support?
Believe me, I get it. We most often live our lives feeling like there’s simply not enough time to get done what we “need” to get done. I do believe there’s another way. A way of forming habits that even the busiest amongst us can find time for that can greatly improve our perspective and life.
There’s more and more information about the benefits of taking small steps everyday towards what you want and the increasingly large benefits those actions make. Baby steps. Small actions over a long period of time will make a very large difference. Again, time is on our side. We all know that if we had started saving for retirement in our 20’s, it would have taken a very small amount of money to add up to a very large amount because of compound interest. Most of us waste our most valuable asset–time. But it’s never too late. Starting today, by taking small steps, setting daily habits, you can make a remarkable difference in whatever area of life you’d like. It won’t be immediate but significant results will come sooner than you imagine.
As they say, life is a marathon not a sprint. We’re in it for the long haul. In many areas of life it is better to practice something everyday for just 15 minutes throughout your lifetime than a quick fad that you’ll loose interest in or find impossible to maintain. Just a few minutes at the end of everyday to write down what you’re grateful for can change your perspective. Begin each day with 15 minutes of feeding your spirit with something that inspires you. Build your knowledge by reading 10 pages a day of a book that motivates you. 15 minutes everyday to consciously connect with someone you love or share your life with. If you don’t have time for a full exercise routine, start with 15 minutes everyday.
What I found helpful was to consider what was stopping me from setting aside 15 minutes a day for things that mattered to me. What I realized was I’m an all or nothing kind of guy. If I can’t find a full hour for yoga than I won’t do it at all. What’s the point of saving a little bit of money every month when I can just plan on one big investment at the end of the year. In the game of all or nothing, nothing usually wins.
The challenge with the small steps is that they are so easy to do that they are just as easy NOT to do. We love instant results and small, consistent action steps don’t bring immediate results. They do however bring far more significant results over time.
The winning attitude is small actions, every day for the long haul. There IS enough time. There IS enough of everything we want–love, money, support, etc. Everything that is important to you.
There are two books I’ve read recently that will support you– The Compound Effect and Slight Edge. Both books make a strong case for breaking down your efforts into small, achievable steps and add to it little by little. I highly recommend them. I’m also a fan of the Lift App for creating and tracking your new habits.
What areas of your life do you want to see a remarkable difference in three years from now that you are willing to commit 15 minutes a day to starting now?