March 14, 2016
5 Ideas, 3 Questions, and an Action
In one of the best books ever written, The Little Prince, there is a passage that describes the growth of mighty baobab trees.
The gist of it is this: When a baobab seed springs up it looks like any other sprout: small, nonthreatening, and unobtrusive.
However, if left unchecked the baobab grows and grows consuming resources, space, and soil until it crowds out everything else and becomes the only thing left. It overtakes everything.
Habits can be like that. Sure, they may start out like a sprout—small and benign. But then, if allowed, they begin to take up more and more of who we are and who we want to be. We can end up thinking that we don’t have choices any more.
Fact is, we do have choices. Better than that, we can make anything a habit—especially the good stuff. We can, for example, make our quest for greatness a daily habit by taking a “greatness action” each day. (Hint: Each post comes with one greatness action.) If we can make greatness and personal transformation a habit, we are likely to snag the baobabs while they are fresh and rise up along the way.
What is one positive habit that I would like to cultivate?
Why exactly do I want to begin practicing this habit?
How could I make the shift today and begin practicing this habit NOW?
Desired Result: Be More Consistent
Concrete Action: Create a Tack-on
On the path to greatness, learning to be steady and consistent can pay big dividends. Not only do people learn to rely on us, but we learn to rely on ourselves, which is a gift that keeps on giving. So, if we want to be more consistent about certain acts, we should look at our lives and ask, “What are the things that I do everyday, no matter what?” Most of us, at a minimum, brush our teeth, use the bathroom several times, and eat three times a day every day. These make for perfect opportunities to tack-on a new action. For example, if you want to develop a daily affirmations practice, you can commit to doing it every time you eat a meal—you simply say your affirmations before taking the first bite—which gives you three sessions per day. And, it’s all built in to what you are doing already! Or, if you want to stay in better touch with someone, you can commit to sending them a simple text each night when you brush your teeth. Simply put a post-it on the mirror as a reminder and then, after a while, it becomes natural, routine…consistent.
Be your greatness. Start. Do. Go.
Zach Carlsen is the grateful lead blogger at StrengthsLife.com
His strengths of Ideation, Connectedness, Input, Strategic, and Empathy have taken him all over the world. He is an inventor, athlete, joyous wanderer/wonderer, translator, poet, and Transformation Coach.
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