Saturday, October 01, 2016

Small Habits That Make a Big Difference

Small actions can make a powerful impact in our lives. This is a principle I've learned again and again and then forget just as often as I learn it...again. In my church we have a passage of scripture that I love:

"...behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass..."

Isn't that an amazing idea? If we want to accomplish great things, we don't have to wake up one day and take over the world. All we have to do is create small and simple habits that will compound to help us do truly amazing things.

I think we too often look for that one big thing—the miracle cure, if you will—that will fix whatever is wrong in our lives. That's just not the way it works, though! If we really want to make big changes, we must start by making small ones. The journey of a thousand miles begins with just a single step.

I've been reading a book called The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness which also teaches this principle. Basically, any small action done on a daily basis that will bring you closer to your ultimate goal will give you an edge. The catch is that these actions don't seem to make a huge difference at first—they are easy to do, but they are also easy not to do.

The key is to keep doing them.

Join the challenge! Each day this month, implement a small habit that has the potential to make a big difference in your life!

This year for my annual 31 Day Challenge I decided to explore the idea of small habits/big impact.

I hope you will follow me during this challenge and see which small habits can make a big difference for you! Sign up in the form below and you'll receive an email every day for the next 30 days introducing a small and simple habit that has the potential to do great things in your life.

There's no way a single person can create 30 new habits in one month, so you don't have to adopt each of these habits, but at least try to explore each of them. I will consider this challenge a huge success if you only get one or two of these habits to stick, because just one will bring big changes to your life.

Join Now:

Enter your email into the form below and receive a new small habit every day for 30 days. If you are on a mobile device, click here to see the form.

You can also always come back to this page each day to see each new small habit.

Day 1: Introduction (you're here!)
Day 2: Go to bed early
Day 3: Wake up early
Day 4: Plan your day
Day 5: Make your bed
Day 6: Get dressed
Day 7: Stay on top of your budget
Day 8: Take care of you
Day 9: Serve others
Day 10: Do the dishes immediately
Day 11: Drink enough water
Day 12: Be grateful
Day 13: 15 minute nightly clean up
Day 14: Read to your kids every day
Day 15: Exercise
Day 16: Pray
Day 17: Use the one-touch rule
Day 18: Require your kids to do chores—and follow up!
Day 19: Prepare the night before
Day 20: Read every day
Day 21: Eat dinner as a family
Day 22: Do hard things
Day 23: Study the scriptures daily
Day 24: Use your time more wisely
Day 25: Check your kids' grades
Day 26: Fold laundry immediately
Day 27: Give individual attention to your children
Day 28: Say no
Day 29: Batch process
Day 30: Eat more fruits and vegetables
Day 31: Stay accountable

In case you missed them:
31 Days to Less Clutter and More Peace
31 Days to a Happier Home

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Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.

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