I'm learning more and more that simple, small actions build up over time and turn into huge results (both positive and negative). It's my goal this year to focus on creating daily habits that will add up to achieving my goals by this time next year :) Here are some of the things I've committed to doing every single day in 2015 to make this happen :)
1. Every single day, do small things to achieve your big goals
The Slight Edge had already pounded this notion into my head (and I'm not even done with the book yet!). Figure out what you want and then break it down into small, achievable steps you can do each day. Walking 20 minutes a day doesn't seem huge, but what would happen if you walked 20 mins, 365 times, by this day next year? Choosing a salad every day for lunch might seem like a small change, but what would your health/weight look like in a year if you made it a habit and did it every day?
2. Every single day, write down three things you are grateful for
No repeats allowed. Train your mind to search for the positive by coming up with three new things to be grateful for each day. Happy people are grateful people.
3. Every single day, write down one positive incident that happens
The Slight Edge recommends taking just two minutes at the end of the day to jot down every detail about a positive moment from that day. I've been doing it a little different (I write down a positive moment from the previous day during the morning when I do my quiet time). Again, another method of creating a positive outlook in your mind.
4. Every single day, do [at least] one act of kindness
Make it a goal to do an act of kindness every single day (secret acts of kindness are best). Make it a goal to treat others how you would like to be treated. Think of what would instantly make your day and then, do that for someone else.
5. Every single day, do one thing to improve your relationship with someone
If you have a spouse/significant other, come up with (or find - there are plenty of articles or books with ideas) a list of things to do that will build your relationship, express your gratitude, and/or improve communication. If you are single, pick a relationship that you would like to be better (parent, sibling, friend, etc). Imagine the change you would see after doing this every day for a year?
6. Every single day, find a positive quote to meditate on
What would your outlook be like after doing this for a year? How big of an impact would this have on your thinking process?
7. Every single day, read 10 pages of a [life-changing] book
Reading 10 pages of a personal development book isn't much, but that is a 300 page book a month or an average of 12-14 books per year. What would your life look like if you made an investment in your knowledge/personal growth by doing something small like that everyday?
8. Every single day, set aside money [even if it's just a small, small amount] into your savings
I've been reading a couple financial success books over the last few weeks and every single one says the same thing: save every SINGLE day - even if it's just left over change. We all know this, but most forget to make it a priority.
9. Every single day, do some kind of physical activity/workout
Even if it's just for 15 minutes, make sure to improve your health (and mood) by doing some form of exercise/movement.
10. Every single day, do [at least] one thing that will better your future self
I have a couple on my daily checklist (vitamins, drink Shakeology + carrot juice, etc). If you choose to only focus on one a day until it becomes a habit (typically after a month), that's 12 new healthy habits that will improve your future by this time next year.
Wife and lucky mom of two babes (soon to be three). Lover of beautiful words, strong coffee, & Lake Michigan. Passionate about big dreams, pursuing your calling, and becoming more than who you were yesterday.