Andy Stanley once said, “The cumulative value of small things is what makes the difference in the end.” I’ve repeated this quote in my mind for years, and it has helped me remain disciplined in many areas of my life. If you want to be physically fit it doesn’t happen overnight. Rather, if you work out every day for a year, the cumulative effect is greater fitness levels. On the other hand, if you eat a bowl of ice cream today you won’t immediately gain weight. But if you eat a bowl every day for a year you will more than likely gain weight.
Forming proper habits is key critical to living a life worth remembering. It’s also the key to running a successful business. There are daily habits must perform consistently to be successful. In my life, this consists of prayer/bible reading, exercise, thank you notes to clients, and speaking life into my employees. I apply Joshua 1:8 as my daily verse, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” There are also things that don’t require daily attention, but may need a weekly / monthly / yearly focus. These habits are also critical. For me, this would be team meetings, client visits, training seminars, financial forecasting, etc. I apply Proverbs 21:5 here,
“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.”
As forming proper habits is important, so too is removing bad habits. If a tiny rock sits in your shoe you can probably live with the irritation for a while, but if you’re running a marathon that tiny rock will cause you incredible grief and possibly force you to drop out of the race. You must identify tiny rocks in your life and get rid of them.
Bad habits are everywhere, and a person walking closely to the Lord hears God’s voice clearly enough to remove them. Hebrews 12:1 is a great verse for this, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
Let’s form good habits today. Let’s remove bad habits today. Over time, our lives will clearly reflect these changes!