Success is not something that happens overnight. Let that sink in for a second.
On some level, I’m sure you know this to be true. Just as I’m sure, on some level, that I also know this to be true. But a reminder every now and then is helpful because no matter how much I feel like I grasp this concept, I still want results like yesterday.
But then I look back at what I’ve built and accomplished in my life and I see the one thread that runs through it all — habit. Everything in my life that has been and/or continues to be successful was a result of habits. Steady and sustained action over a long period of time.
So that got me thinking, what habits are the most life-changing? Which habits have had the widest and most profound impact on my life?
I came up with two habits that have affected every aspect of life positively. Two habits that form the foundation of my lifestyle, the things that truly make everything else possible. And I’m sharing what they are with you today for #twothingstuesday.
(1) I go to bed at the same time every night. Sleep people. Consistent sleep is life-changing. Never, not even for a moment, ever underestimate the power of routine when it comes to your sleep schedule. I know in my bones that the only way that I’ve got the energy to do what I do every day is because I make it a priority to go to bed at the same time every single night. Sure there is a rare occasion when I do not and when that happens, I feel it. I could not imagine letting that become the norm for me. Life is infinitely better when you prioritize sleep.
(2) I move my body every day. Look, some days that’s CrossFit, some days it’s running, some days it’s both, and some days it’s a leisure walk. Human bodies are made to move. This is why we evolved into a species that walks upright. Our skeleton favors mobility and is built for locomotion. The longer we hold still the more locked up our tissues get. It doesn’t always need to be intense and it doesn’t need to be much — and you don’t even need to label or think of it as exercise — but move your body every day and I promise your life will change.
What are your daily habits that have the biggest impact on your quality of life?