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It’s becoming clearer to me. Daily Choices make all the difference.
It’s not just about the choices we make, which certainly is key. But it’s also about how we put these choices into place on a daily basis. If you want to develop a new habit or adopt a new behavior, it has been proven that you will be much more successful if you consistently embrace this new behavior for 21 Days in a row. You will then be more likely to continue it after the three weeks are finished. I suggest that you focus on tackling one day at a time, choosing to embrace the behavior, asking for the Lord to empower you in your weakness.
See 2 Cor 12:9.
It is also noteworthy to mention that you will likely experience more consistency if you measure your progress on a daily basis. Here is a suggestion from Darren Hardy of Success Magazine (1): try counting and documenting the number of times you do your new behavior each day in order to see the progress you are making. I have found that this helps me to be more consistent, encouraged, motivated and energized.
I suggest adding in some accountability – tell a friend about your new behavior, why it is important to you, and what you hope to accomplish. Then occasionally report in your progress, at least once/week.
Sometimes we think that it’s the big things that really matter. We look at the bigger picture and that big goal that we hope to adopt or reach. “I want to lose 20 pounds… I want to become healthier… I want to drop my blood sugar levels to prevent diabetes… I want to be able to run a 5K race this summer…”
But the real secret lies in the daily choices. What may seem like an insignificant choice today will add up over time and make a big difference over the span of years. This works for negative as well as positive choices. Darren Hardy calls this The Compound Effect in his book on the topic (1). In Christian Circles, we call this reaping what you sow. What you sow into your life today will be reaped in a harvest eventually over time. Today matters. And your choices today really do matter.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
So I encourage you to take a good look at the small choices you are making and realize the impact they will have eventually, down the road. If you want to change some aspect of your life, what small behavior choice can you make and put into action today? And tomorrow? And begin recording your daily progress. I have a 21 Day Challenge Chart I created that I’d be happy to send to you; simply ask for it on the Contact form!
“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.” (2)
Tune the Temple is a Christian weight loss strategy for becoming your natural weight by changing your relationship with food. Ditch dieting and begin to become normal again. And see the results of your daily choices over time!
1. Darren Hardy, On the Compound Effect, Success Magazine CD, January 2012.
2. John Maxfield as quoted, Freeman-Smith, LLC (2010). Food, Fitness, and Faith for Women, Nashville, TN.