Powerful routines are more important than most of us realize. I came up with the importance of this idea after studying successful businessmen, and reading powerful books like the “Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy. I have adopted routines that have complimented me greatly. They include reading every single day, listening to educational podcasts, writing everyday, and meditation before bed. My routines have helped me foster my creativity and push me forward into the pursuit of my goals. Staying focused has become easier, and through their cultivation they have continuously been a force of motivation and light that guide me to my true life purpose.
Think about the amount of repetitive tasks that we do on a daily basis that are wasteful, stupid, and mundane. Though we may naturally deem them as being the least important areas about our lives, they are actually the most important if we calculate just how much time we spend on them in our lifetime. Think about the amount of time you spend on your phone, in front of the T.V., or playing video-games. If we calculated just how much time you spent on those activities, and you put into perspective just how high the long-term opportunity cost of those activities were, you may be shocked. So we should pay attention and lead ourselves to greater priority and accomplishment through greater habits.
I encourage people to watch themselves and ask, what are the habits that you can shed off and the habits that you can add on so that the quality of your life begins to rise? Figure out where you want to go or become, list the things that are holding you back from achieving them, and get rid of those things. Or rather, imagine a life that you’d want for someone you love, like a son or daughter, and visualize the things that you’d want them to do and then do those very things. Looking over one’s habits is a great self- auditing system that can allow us to increase the quality of our lives tremendously.
We require a sense of discipline if we are to change the direction of our lives. In fact there is a quote that speaks on this better than I could and it says, “Author H. Jackson Brown Jr. quipped, ‘Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.’”