One Small Change for One Significant Improvement
In his book, Seven Habits for Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey asks his readers to answer this simple question: "What one thing could you do (you aren't doing now) that if you did on a regular basis, would make a tremendous positive difference in your personal life?"
The question is a deceptively simple one to answer. "I would be happier if I meditated" or "I could lose 10 pounds" or "I could read more" or "I could take more personal time" or "I could start a daily journal." Because these answers are so easy to come up with, they seem simple to do. But why aren't we doing them?
Deep down I am pretty sure that petting my dogs for an extra five minutes every day would make me happier. That's not a huge time investment, but I always think that I'm too busy.
Of course, I check my e-mail 100 times a day.
Go ahead and answer the question for yourself. What is one thing you could do that would make a tremendous positive difference in your life? Write it down. Put it in your planner. Write it on a note and stick in on your mirror so that you'll see it every morning.
Here's the big action step: schedule time to do the activity or work towards your goal every day (or at least once every week). Be intentional about it. You have already decided that it is worth your time. Pet your dogs. Let something less important get put off--such as scrolling through your social media feed or checking your email for the fortieth time today.