What does it take to succeed? Is success a consequence of luck, personality, talents, perspiration and focus? I think all of these things can be ingredients to help us succeed and I think there’s another essential component that is often overlooked because it’s simple and obvious:
What you do everyday will predict where you will succeed. I saw this principle play out in my life from some advice from my dentist. It went something like, “Sarah, if you will floss more regularly, our teeth cleaning appointments will be shorter, your gums won’t bleed and your breath will be less offensive.” So I decided to try out this advice & guess what?!?!?? It worked! And I’ve taken this idea and integrated it into my daily routines for areas where I want more success. These are some examples of where I’m seeing more success because of cultivating better routines and habits:
writing: I want to be a better writer, so I’ve been writing virtually everyday for the last few years
intimacy with God: going to bed earlier every night has helped me so that I can get up in the morning to catch some daily time with God
fitness: I’ve been endeavoring to walk, at a minimum, everyday and my pants seem to shrink less from the dryer ,)
I know that God wants us to succeed, so let’s be sure to cooperate and work into our daily routine, habits that will foster successful outcomes!
A few months ago, I was in Angola with Saving Moses & I forgot my toothpaste, so I bought some Angolan toothpaste & it’s not my favorite. I can appreciate that you might think I should know better than to forget toothpaste, but that’s a conversation for another blog ,)
A few helpful thoughts about tooth brushing:
Halitosis / AKA: bad breath – when some people open their mouths, bad things happen. Nothing sweet comes out in words or smell. So let’s put good things in our heart, so that sweet comes out of our mouth, based on Proverbs 10:11
Furry Teeth: brushing off the plague and residual food helps our smiles be warm rather than unnerving or distracting. And Proverbs 12:14 speaks to the importance of mouth maintenance
Bacteria removal: bad things happen when bacteria builds but & removing it daily from our teeth preserves our ability to continue using our teeth. Proverbs 12:19 helps us appreciate the importance of keeping truth in our mouths 🙂
Preventing enamel & tooth decay: hurtful & destructive words set into motion negative things in our lives, so let’s be mindful of James 3:1-12 to keep our lives overflowing with love & life!!
Feel free to send this to your friends & share it on FB as a helpful reminder about keeping a sweet mouth with life-giving words!
So I know alot of people do this already & it’s not unusual for me to be slow to figure things out, but I’ve been reading 1 chapter of Proverbs each day for the last few months & it’s been a very interesting experience. The main take away, so far, is that I really appreciate the practical wisdom it presents in such short & pithy insights – not too wordy 🙂
Here are a few more lessons I want to digest & integrate into my daily life:
routine: what we do consistently on a daily basis can show not only our priorities, but also what we will be good at in 5, 10, 20 years, etc. Habits predict the future
persistence: quitting & failing are often as complementary as peanut butter & jelly or salt & pepper
wisdom: there’s a difference between information & wisdom; the pursuit of wisdom yields higher returns than the pursuit of information
What are some insights you’ve discovered from Proverbs?