I started my day listening to Zig Ziglar talk about his daily habit of reading the bible. His knowledge of scripture is deep, and yet, he reads passages over and over. Why? He shares he does it to ground his life and mind in what is good, to show obedience to God, and to increase his “wisdom.”
This word wisdom is interesting. Wisdom is more than deep knowing. It is DOING what you KNOW. In other words, it is living your truth. Our values, beliefs, and commitments are worth little if they never manifest in our actions. They become meaningful when we LIVE them, build habits around them, and choose based on them.
We all have those “wishes” we know we need in our lives but we have yet to take action. Common examples are exercise, eating well, donating our time, and reading powerful, positive, and spiritual works. But these “wishes” also come in softer flavors like being kind & patient, being honest, and showing gratitude.
Deep and repetitive study of what we “wish” to be, have, or achieve creates mastery. As the material becomes more entrenched, we believe in its possibility and power more vehemently. We talk about it (because we talk about what we fill our minds with). We see the gap between our behavior and our wish, and thus, we stand a chance of doing something about it.
So, first comes mastery and then comes action. You can act without mastery but your result will be marginal and inconsistent at best. Action require more than mastery; however, it requires making a decision to do something new, developing a plan, scheduling it, and holding yourself accountable. And yes, you can be accountable for honesty, patience, and gratitude as easily as you can for exercise.
Our lives are intended to be rich both in our beliefs and in our actions. Passivity results in regret, puts us asleep at the wheel, and breeds a slow forming boredom and emptiness in our lives.
Taking time to crystallize the murky, undefined WHY and WHAT of our lives – our true purpose and how we want to share our highest potential – and then developing a plan and doing the plan is not as hard as we think. But it does require time. It requires growth. It requires intention & discipline.
What habit will you start today to increase your impact and quality of life?