Success Breeds Success

 Watch your thoughts, they become words.

Watch your words, they become actions.

Watch your actions, they become habits.

Watch your habits, they become your character.

Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

Day 5 of My 30-Day Challenge

Day 5 of My 30-Day Challenge

 How true those words are!  In this 30-day challenge, I—along with many of you—am striving to build some habits that will end up affecting my destiny and my legacy. Though some of the challenges that have been stated in the comments section may not seem like character-builders and legacy-makers, the very act of building good habits is in itself a character builder.  It takes commitment to build a habit.  It takes perseverance.  It takes time, faithfulness and vision.  So whether or not the habit you are building is of any long-term consequence, the qualities it takes to build that habit are of consequence—long-term, short-term and every which a way!  I mean, who couldn’t do with more faith, commitment, perseverance, and vision?  Furthermore, when you experience success in purposefully building any kind of habit, it builds your faith and vision for more meaningful ones.  For example, one of my commenters wrote that she is challenging herself to drink X amount of water for these 30 days.  As she becomes mindful of working on that habit and develops some kind of system by which she can hold herself accountable and track her progress (such as “Don’t Break the Chain” ), she is setting herself up for success when she is ready to start on her next behavior change/habit.

When I started running, I built a powerful habit that is still very much a part of my life today, three years later.  But the magical thing about that experience is that my success in that area overflowed into other seemingly unrelated areas of my life.  I became more disciplined about getting up in the morning and more consistent in Bible study as well as in other disciplines that had been hit-and-miss for years.  So I like to say that “success breeds more success.”

If you have not joined the 30-day challenge yet, it is not too late.  Why don’t you start today and go through August 5?  There’s no rule that says you can only start on the 1st of the month.  Wouldn’t it be nice to get a success under your belt now so you can aim for more lofty pursuits next month?  If you are joining in, please share your personal challenge with me by clicking, “Leave A Comment” below. (The first time you leave a comment, you may have to confirm your email address, but it will not be seen publicly, and you should not have to confirm when leaving future comments.) I enjoy hearing from you!

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6 Responses to Success Breeds Success

  1. Kristie Spielmaker says:

    I wanted to send a quick update on how the water drinking is going…very good! There have already been some really good unintended consequences!

    I am building up to my x ounces of water and am adding more everyday. I wasn’t increasing my water intake to eliminate soda, but that has happened! If I drink soda then I won’t meet my water goal, so I have totally cut out soda this week! I’m not opposed to drinking soda, but I think it is good for me to replace it with water….much healthier. Also, I am a diet soda drinker and that is probably worse for me than the real stuff.

    Anyway, just wanted to give a quick update! Thanks for the challenge, Diane!

    • Diane says:

      I think that’s a great side benefit, Kristie! I’ve read some negative press about diet drinks (and un-diet drinks, too!). Good job!

  2. Carla says:

    Thanks for the reminder of “success breeds success”, Diane!

    Since I am working on becoming more active once again, I am reminded of what we learned in physics (and pharmaceutical commercials!)- a body in motion tends to remain in motion…

    I’m finding that true! As I ran this morning, I just wanted to make sure I do this again. (It probably was a big help that I’m visiting the west coast, so my “early” morning didn’t seem quite so early this morning! HA!) It definitely spurs me on to “not break the chain”. 🙂

    • Diane says:

      Carla, I love it when I go west in my travels. I feel like I beat the system. I get up way early, but I’m really getting up at my regular time (CST). It’s a great jump on the day. But then I do fade pretty early in the evening. 🙂

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