We love complicated.
We love grandeur.
We love difficult.
The more extreme, unorthodox, or demanding a diet or physical activity, the better.
Yet, whenever we try extreme, we become overwhelmed, frustrated, and quit.
We go all in.
We may or may not see progress.
We do this over and over again.
What would happen if we tried simple?
If we tried understated?
Dare I say, easy?
Making the time for ten more minutes of sleep each night might not seem like much.
Over a year, that’s over two and half days.
Three weeks a decade.
Compounded over the rest of your life.
Consider making a minute to meditate each day.
To sit in silence, free from distraction, to acknowledge and explore your thoughts and feelings.
Not much time out of a single day.
Like physical training, however, that skill becomes stronger.
It becomes second nature.
You equip yourself with a self-awareness that carries over into every minute of every day.
Consider how your life might look with that freedom.
Even establishing the habit of drinking 20 oz. of water first thing in the morning each day adds up to 58 gallons a year.
Don’t underestimate the ability of small, simple, seemingly insignificant steps, taken consistently, to effect major positive change.
Little hinges swing big doors.
Consider the following daily habits you might leverage for massive improvement in your quality of life.
- Drink 20 oz. of water first thing upon waking.
- Build each meal around at least one palm-sized serving of protein.
- Move five minutes for every hour.
- Take one minute to sit without distraction, breathe, and be.
- Spend fifteen minutes outside.
Practice it daily.
See how it fits.
How it feels.
Adjust or discard.
This approach may not be as fun or exciting as grand gestures.
It may take more time.
It may take more patience.
You’re worth that, though.
You deserve that.
You’ve got this.