Habits Pay Off

“Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement.”
(James Clear, in Atomic Habits)

If you are trying to build your savings, compound interest is your friend.

If you are trying to reach a goal or simply grow in grace, habits are your friends.

When you think about eating an elephant one bite at a time, habits are a great illustration of “one bite” a day. If you do one thing every day (or every weekday), how much would be accomplished in a month? Or a year? It takes time to build those habits, but the investment pays off immensely in the future.

  • Reading the entire Bible is something many people do every year, but it is done a bit at a time with a reading plan.
  • Decluttering your home may seem overwhelming, but a drawer a week or a room a month makes it happen.

“You get what you repeat.”
(James Clear, in Atomic Habits)

If you want to do something more (like exercise or read), doing that thing 10 minutes a day will add up. After a few months, you will indeed have done something more.

  • Exercising often will increase your health.
  • Reading regularly will make you a reader.
  • A little bit of study every day will allow you to learn.
  • One meal with guests a month, or a quarter, will open up your home and make hospitality what you do.

With repeated small steps, a big change becomes possible.

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