First of all, thanks to my good habits I will have a future worth looking forward to.
Habits compound. Bad habits lead you into a worse future. Good habits led you into a better one. This is the reality:
(The Slight Edge chart)
By the way, this is how I discern between good and bad habits: Good habits are the ones that provide good results after ten years of practicing them.
Bad habits are the ones that provide bad results after ten years of practicing them.
In 2012 I read The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. The book’s message is based on those two principles:
“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.” — Jim Rohn
“Failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.” — Jim Rohn
I doubted very much if it can be so simple, but I had nothing to lose. My life was going nowhere, so I tried this approach.
I never looked back. I’ve been over 8.5 years in this journey and I confidently say from my experience that it is true.
I completely transformed my life in the last several years. I developed dozens of daily habits. I bought a home, started a writing career, a coaching career, downsized my day job to 10 hours a week, liberated my wife from her day job, lost weight, started a business, published 18 books, more than doubled our household income, beat over 200 personal fitness records…
The list goes on, and on. I credit all those achievements to my habits.
A Few Examples
I started exercising in 2006. For the last 15 years, I missed a day here and there, mostly when I was sick. For the first five years, this habit wasn’t providing many benefits. I coupled my morning prayer with a workout and both habits became instantly solidified. And, obviously, my body got stronger.
However, a few months before reading The Slight Edge, my exercise habit triggered me to change my diet. I lost several pounds.
This habit was also the main reason I had decided to adopt The Slight Edge Philosophy. I already knew the benefits of persistence. I could internalize the book’s message through the lenses of my experience.
The rest is history.
Good habits will provide good results in my life in the future.
Your good habits will do the same for you. That’s their natural consequence.