All day long we have choices. We can choose how we are going to spend our time and what thoughts we are going to focus on.
It’s imperative to recognize that our choices begin to impact who we are and who we become.
The images you see, the music you listen to, the people you talk to, the social media that you look at, the ways you unwind, the things you spend your money on, what you do when you’re alone, how you choose to deal with stress, and every other little choice you make throughout your day ends up impacting you (probably way more than you think).
Whew, I know that was a lot.
I believe in being VERY particular about what and who you allow into your life. I’ve become a big fan of minimalism and I continue to try to make choices that will help me be more purposeful and healthy. I’m regularly trying to eliminate the excess and the distractions to allow for more clarity.
Could you trade any of these actions to realign your priorities or to help you improve?
- An hour of watching “your show” for 30 minutes of prayer and stillness instead?
- 20 minutes of scanning through Facebook for reading a book that’s thought-provoking instead?
- Another social event for an extra hour or two of sleep, or more intimate time with your loved ones?
- A couple of hours of shopping for some time planning when you’ll attend a volunteer outing instead?
- A Sunday with a hangover for playing or training outside while you enjoy nature?
Remember, none of these activities are inherently bad or wrong, and they may be fine for you to do. I simply hope you’ll continue to challenge yourself to look for meaning, balance and purpose.
How you spend your time will directly impact your attitude, thoughts and mindset. The more you continue with certain patterns, the less you are aware of their direct impacts. When we can step away, or challenge ourselves to trade things in, we may unfold certain realities.
Are you willing to take an honest look at some choices you make and try trading them out or giving them up? Think of 1 or 2 things you could swap this week to begin creating different, more purposeful habits.
Want to be an even better athlete? Then you’ll want to discover if you’re willing to do the things in THIS POST.
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