"There's usually about a half-dozen things that makes 80% of the difference. Keep looking for the few things that makes the most difference...then spend most of your time working on those few things. Don't spend major time on minor things." Jim Rohn
As I endeavor to make this next year of my life the best year of my life, I am determined to invest my time in, what Jim calls, "the few things that make the most difference." I want to focus my efforts and my energies on the half-dozen, simple disciplines that, compounded over time, will produce the results in my life that I desire.
With that in mind, after much thought and consideration, I have identified the following "daily disciplines" that I will commit to and re-commit myself to for 30 days at a time.
- I desire an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, I commit to reading the Word and journaling to Jesus daily.
- I desire a "connected" relationship with my wife, I commit to praying with my wife out loud daily.
- I desire a healthy body, I commit to exercising for 30 minutes and eating less than 2,000 calories daily.
- I desire to be a proficient writer, I commit to writing a 250-word blog post daily.
- I desire to be a caring pastor, I commit to making 3 pastoral calls daily.
- I desire to be disciplined, I commit to being in bed by 10pm and to being out of bed by 6am daily.
Though these half-dozen things are easy to do, they are also very easy not to do. Therefore it will be the very pointed words of personal development expert Brian Tracy that will keep me focused on executing these disciplines each day.
Successful people are simply those with successful habits.
Though I wish leading a successful life were more complicated than that, it really isn't!
So with all that in mind, the key question for you is, What are your half-dozen things?