Today, I’m going to go on a walk. Although I’d rather curl up with a good book, it’s not a huge sacrifice to spend an hour walking instead. In fact, if I use a treadmill, I can prop a book up on it and read (although a bit slowly) while walking.
If I make that little choice enough times, I’ll look better and feel better. I’ll reduce my chances of a lot of long-term health problems as well.
Today, I’m going to spend an hour actively working on the latest draft of my novel. It would probably be more fun to just browse some websites or play a game, but it’s not a life-altering choice to spend that hour getting some words down on paper instead.
If I make that little choice enough times, I’ll actually have a draft of a novel completed instead of simply dreaming about it.
Today, I’m going to pass up a meal at a fast food restaurant. It would be convenient, sure, and probably tasty, but it’s not a huge sacrifice to just wait until I’m at home and eat something a lot healthier.
If I make that little choice enough times, as with the walking, I’ll look better and feel better. I’ll reduce my chances of a lot of long-term health problems as well.
Today, I’m going to sketch out a detailed meal plan using the grocery store flyer and then assemble a grocery list from that before I head to the store. Yes, it means boring prep work at home instead of just going out the door to the store or doing something more fun, but it’s not a life-changing deal.
If I make that little choice enough times, I’m going to start seeing some tremendous savings on my monthly and yearly food budgets.
Today, I’m going to focus a little harder on my work and try to brainstorm some additional topics, put in a little extra research, or write an extra draft. I could use that time to do something else, but if I spend that hour completing much of the work of another post, that gets me a little bit ahead of the game.
If I make that little choice enough times, I’ll have a backlog of articles ready for the next time I get sick or the next time I want to go on a vacation with my family. Illnesses will be less stressful, as will those busy periods before family travel.
It’s not hard to make a tiny sacrifice today. If you do it a few times, it becomes a habit. It is those habits that determine how healthy we are, what our financial situation is like, and what many other aspects of our life are like.
It isn’t a giant life-shattering choice to be healthier or to be more financially prudent. It’s really a simple choice, a little sacrifice you make a few times in a row until you establish a better habit, and that habit gradually creates a better you.
Every single day, life hands you a lot of decision points where you can make a better choice and begin to establish a better habit. It’s that better choice, repeated until it becomes normal, that really creates the improvements you want to see in your life.
The choice starts today.