Every small choice you make adds up with all the other small choices you make and together they all have a big impact!
Remember learning about compound interest in school? We don’t see too much evidence of the compounding effect in our bank account, with interest rates so low. But many of us have been stunned to see how much we will be paying over time for that house we bought.
Compounding over time means that small amounts, or small choices add up to have a big impact.
It can be a good impact, like from choosing to take the stairs whenever possible, and choosing the salad instead of the fries. Or it can be a bad impact, like having a soda with every meal, hitting the snooze button again, or not looking up from the phone to say hello to your friends and family!
This month’s theme is about building the habit of choosing the hard thing over the easiest, or the BEST option over a good one. Every small choice you make is building toward a habit. You want to make sure you’re heading to a GOOD habit!
“I can do hard things!” is a really important message for your kids to learn. And you can be their best example.
Building good habits is hard. Building the habit of always choosing to do the best thing you can do, is hard. It’s just not natural. It’s natural to find an easy way out or to procrastinate.
Talk with your kids about the choices you’re making. You really want the cheesecake for dessert, but that fruit salad is a really delicious healthy alternative! You need to get to the bank but it’s closing soon; do you get ready to leave right away or decide to wait for another day? Let them know that you are working on making the hard choices.
Challenging yourself everyday may seem like a waste of time and energy. But you are building habits that will really have a big impact. One minute of strengthening your core every day may seem totally worthless.
But small things add up! And you’ll find it easier and easier to make the BEST choices in the future. And so will your kids!
The wonderful thing about putting in the effort towards developing a habit? It becomes a habit! At some point, you just don’t even have to think about it, but it becomes automatic to choose the best option in every moment.