This is a reminder to myself. Here are all of the others.
It’s the things we do everyday that matter. Not the things we do every once in a while.
This is a fairly well-known idea, but it’s super important, and I’ve resonated with it recently.
We are composed of our habits – the things we choose to make up our days.
I like to think of myself as the summation of all the things I do, or have done.
While I think we can change at whim, and aren’t tied to our past, I do acknowledge that certain traits, qualities, or skills take consistent time and effort to develop.
Often, I wish to possess a skill, quality, or specific knowledge, but underestimate and often ignore the daily effort it would require to insert this new habit into my schedule.
It’s important to look at who you want to be, and choose to do the little things everyday that will get you there.
If you want to be fit, eating healthy for one meal, or working out for 1 hour a day won’t do much in the collective summation of all that you do. Rather, adopting a healthy lifestyle is far more important.
Similarly, if you want to excel or learn a lot about a specific topic, it’s far more significant to immerse yourself, and read content everyday, than to spend a few hours one day when you feel like it.
Adopting a stoic mindset is extremely helpful here. Sometimes reading the confusing, boring book, eating the healthy meal, or performing the exercise isn’t going to be fun.
In fact it’s likely extremely uncomfortable.
Accepting this, acknowledging it, remembering it’s part of a bigger plan, and enduring, is far more significant.
It’s not easy to become who you want to be. That’s why you’re not already that person.