“Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.”Aristotle
Simple habits often make the biggest impact. They are small, misunderstood, and often overlooked things we almost dismiss as being too basic to do anything, but end up having a huge impact—good or bad. Reading a little every day, for example. Reading opens you up to new ideas and new worlds. It lets you explore not only the minds living across the world but also the minds spanning history. If you wanted, you can read the thoughts of the last great Roman emperor, A book from a reluctant businessman, and a tale of dragons all at the same time.
Journaling is another simple habit that can have a big impact if done consistently.
Often our heads are full of other people’s thoughts and ideas. We are chatting online with friends, reading other people’s thoughts in the form of books, articles, posts, captions, hearing the opinions of others around us. It’s enough to drown out your own voice and your own ideas.
A moment of solitude and a good pen and notebook will open up a whole new world of who you are. It doesn’t matter if you suck at writing. Great writing isn’t the point. The idea is to have a conversation with yourself and discover things you might be missing because you haven’t been listening. Like perhaps the low-grade anxiety you feel is because of not liking your job. You don’t know what you aren’t listening too. Your future self will also thank you for your journaling habit, because she/he will be able to see your growth over the years and what you were thinking at each stage in life.
Walking, Drinking more water, brushing your teeth, getting a full night’s sleep, gratitude practice, breathing exercises, play…
Simple habits are, well, simple, but they are far from useless.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #993