Hello, mo freaking Monday! As many of you well know, Monday is one of my favorite days of the week. Why? Because it sets the tone for the rest of the week. I challenge you to decide this week to be great. I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone a least a little bit each day, to test the waters of intentional living. I just ordered the next book we will be studying together. “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, by Steven R Covey. I took this course in college and absolutely loved it. I still use some of the principles taught in that course, today. So I look forward to reading and learning from it together.
In the mean time, today I want to just briefly talk about some principles that I follow every morning that have changed the course of my entire life. My goal in writing these blogs is to penetrate the soul of at least one person, daily. I know that many of you that read these, really do have the desire to do great things, be great people, and live great lives. But it is hard. Life is pretty freakin difficult. Between all the things we have to balance, it’s exhausting. I totally understand if that is how you feel. I have been there before. And that is exactly why I shout from the rooftops the following principles wherever I go, because they changed everything about me, and I know they will for you as well:
1. 30-40 minutes of physical activity daily
2. 15 minutes of spiritual study or taking time to give thanks
3. 15 minutes to write down, say in the mirror, and visualize your goals and affirmations
4. 15 minutes of self-development reading
That is an hour and 15 minutes per day. That’s 5.2% of the entire day God has given us. If you take 7 hours of sleep out, that is still only 7.4% of your day awake, committed to becoming a better version of yourself. Let me give you a Cram guarantee here for a second. If you will find a way to re-arrange your schedule to do the 4 things listed above, IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE! There is no freakin doubt in my mind. If I could engage in being blunt for just a second. If you choose not to devote 7.4% of your day to self-development, enjoy the ball and chain of being mediocre the rest of your life. Without this, you will not maximize your happiness in life. I don’t care who you are, you can’t and you won’t. And that isn’t just my opinion, that is Fact. But if you will devote it, just wait! You will wonder quickly how you went so long without it.