Routine

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“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily.  The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”

–     John C. Maxwell, (b. 1947), speaker, pastor and prolific author on leadership topics, expert coach and mentor

Never, typically, is a dangerous word.  Don’t believe me?  Try using it with your spouse or significant other.  Wait.  Don’t do that.  Just roll with me on this, ok…?

Maxwell is a man who deals in reality, not hyperbole.  He avoids absolutes; words like never and always, everyone and no one.

He stands firmly by this statement, and he’s 100% right.

If something has gone awry in our lives, it’s most likely because we stopped doing something every day, or because we refuse to start doing something every day.

It might be a quiet time in Scripture.  It might be a daily devotional.  It might be writing in a journal.  It could be something as simple as taking a walk every day without any electronic device in tow.

Here’s the amazing part.  The smaller the thing we do every day, the more significant the impact, at first.  You might know the story of why military men and women are required to make their beds each morning, and to make them a certain way.  I’ll give you the short version; it’s because that small act assures that they start every day having accomplished something.  And that’s a foundation from which they can build.

Our success or failure can most certainly be tracked to our daily routine or our lack thereof.  And, if not having one is our routine, that’d be a good place to start the change.


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