Everything we do has the potential to be beneficial or detrimental to our lives. It’s weird to think about life in these systemic terms, but it’s true.
A pancake isn’t going to kill you.
A pancake a day for 10 years willl… eventually.
That’s the tricky bit: eventually.
Habits, good or bad, are felt in the long term, not in the day-to-day. It’s the slow, monotonous, sometimes daunting accumulation of good habits that make all the difference in our lives.
Low-quality sleep, for example, is my currently bad habit.
Why? I’m not quite sure yet. But I know what doesn’t help—staying up late, snacking or eating large meals before bed, too much late-night screen time…
That’s the other thing about unhealthy habits—they often make us accumulate additional unhealthy habits, or backslide into old habits.
But, like my current issue with sleep, a habit is usually a group of small related habits or actions. And while we might not feel in control of our larger unhealthy habits, we can take smalls steps with dealing with the simpler ones that are feeding the larger baddies.
I don’t know why my sleep quality is lacking, but I can work on going to bed early instead of staying up ate. I can stop eating anything significant 2 hours before bedtime.
Focus small to win big.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing — Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1427 (draft 2)