Life Is A Layer Cake
Everything we do adds to everything we have already done in our life. Like adding layers to a layer cake, we accumulate the moments that have come before, to give us the present that we are living right now. Our moments of time compound themselves to give us the results we have in the different areas of our lives. We see this truth in our finances, in our professional lives, in our relationships, in our health and just about every area of our life.
Keep Up The Momentum
Achieving good results requires building consistent momentum over time. If we keep up with the good habits consistently over time, we will begin to see our finances improve, our relationships improve, our health improve and our professional life improve. However, distractions or loss of focus can easily make us lose all that we have worked hard to build. Bad habits are not hard to do; they require no effort at all and they are so easy to slip into. And bad habits also deliver bad results.
Pump The Water
Like pumping water from a pump to eventually get water, we need to persevere even when we don’t see any results right away, even when it seems like nothing good is happening. At first, no water comes out of the pump, then, as we keep pumping a little water comes and then, finally, it comes gushing out. Don’t be discouraged when at first you don’t see results or when people around you don’t notice any difference. The results will come and they will come exponentially.
Keep It Simple
There are simple things that we can do every day, which don’t take too much time. By doing these consistently, building up a habit, we can build a layer cake of moments that will produce amazing results. Try them – I mean really try them – every day for the long haul and you will see the difference they can make.
So, without further ado, here they are:
Our eyes are the guardians of our mind as well as being the window to our soul. We see a lot of things and watch a lot of things, but we can choose what to feed our eyes and our mind. We can choose what media we look at and what books we read. Everything we take in is either working for us or against us.
We can also watch to see whom we can serve and who needs help. We can watch to see where we can help.
Our mind is a creative playground that we can activate and enjoy. Why not become like a child again and wonder about all the possibilities, the what ifs and the why not? We can wonder and marvel at the world around us and take an interest in the tiny details. We can begin to wonder a few minutes each day.
Let’s get outside and walk around. It doesn’t have to be a timed exercise with the goal of increasing our heart rate and building our aerobic capacity. I mean, just simply – walk for the fun of it, for the health of it. And, we actually don’t have to take our cellphone or media with us. We can just walk and think, wonder and dream.
Work is a satisfying activity especially when we are in control of when we do it, why we do it and how we do it. Working gives us a reason to get up and a reason to rest after. Work helps us to activate our mind and hopefully our bodies as well. Working with others is beneficial (and challenging – but challenges can be beneficial).
Drink water every day. Drink enough water every day. There are huge health, emotional and mental health benefits to drinking water. Don’t neglect the water habit.
(6) Get Wisdom
We are not always right and often we are wrong. We can learn from others and from their experience. Keeping an open mind and being willing to learn will help us to keep on track and not fall into the pitfalls of life that can be avoided.
Without love what is there? Nothing good happens without love. The Greeks had three categories of love, one of which is agape or selfless other-centered love. When we love in terms of others and what we can do for them and sometimes at a cost to our own comfort or convenience, we will reap huge benefits.
Everyone is looking for people to listen to them and to hear what they have to say. Everyone has a story. Why not cultivate the habit of listening to those around us?
Let’s not listen just to formulate what we are going to say. Let’s listen with no agenda other than wishing to hear the other person.
Reading just 30 minutes a day over time will produce amazing benefits. I hear you – “What? I don’t have 30 minutes a day to read!” Well, quite honestly, I think we spend at least that amount of time on other activities like social media or television each day. And I would add that we really can not afford not to acquire this habit.
Nap time!! Just kidding! Who has time for a nap every day? But we do need to rest and recuperate. Don’t ignore this important benefit. It’s not about all work and no play. There has to be some balance. In fact, regular downtime will increase our productivity and help us maintain better mental, physical and emotional health.
We have so much to be thankful for. The very fact that we are breathing is enough to be thankful. We actually have so much more than we think we have. And being thankful, having an “attitude of gratitude”, to borrow a cliché, helps us to take our mind off our problems.
We need people and we need people who will help us grow (and challenge our mental and emotional capacities!). Encouraging friends are so important to our well – being. Some might prefer to be a “hermit” and not be around people. I guess that’s ok too. But encouraging people do help us to have confidence and challenging people can help us build our skills.
Live simple. Cultivate good habits and go for the long haul. Enjoy, laugh and have fun. Give life your very best shot.
Have a great day!
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