Routine Has Miraculous Power

For a long time…a lot longer than I care to admit…I couldn’t seem to convert good intentions into consistent actions.  The resulting lack of consistency kept me locked into immaturity on many levels…especially in my relationship with God.

I tried this.  I tried that.  I bought e-courses.  I turned over a thousand and one new leaves (okay a million and one).  I was disgusted and discouraged with myself.

<oh, yea…and I threw in healthy doses of blaming other people, circumstances, and a boat load of ridiculous excuses.>

Then I discovered…

Routine (habit) has miraculous power to help you do the things that “get you where you want to go” each day with more and more consistency with less and less effort (I don’t think that’s good grammar…but you get the point).

There are three areas of my life that I decided I wanted routine to master:

  1. My Spiritual Health
  2. My Intellectual Health
  3. My Physical Health

So, here is what I started doing…knowing that a pattern could be established in an average of 21 days if kept simple enough.  I also knew that, all things considered, each of the succeeding days would get easier.  In other words, routine would start carrying the load.

So, in simple terms, this is what I do:

  • My Spiritual Health: In some form, I read (or listen to) the Word of God…especially the Psalms…for about 10 minutes.  In the process of reading (or listening) I give it my full attention and connect with what I am reading.  I continue to think about/pray over/praise over what I’ve read (or heard) for another 5 minutes or so.  I also communicate with the Lord…normally praying in the spirit (tongues) for several minutes.
  • My Intellectual Health: I mostly read blogs I’ve subscribe to.  Sometimes I also catch up on world news for a few minutes.
  • My Physical Health: I ride my stationary bike for at least 10 minutes (sometimes 15 or 20)

<btw…I always set my coffee maker so that I get a fresh hot cup as I head for my office>

Details can change.  In fact you should be creative or it all gets a bit boring.  But, take 3 areas.  Make a plan.  Set a simple routine.  Start doing it every day.  You’ll discover that it sets a frame of mind and heart that is nearly magical/miraculous.

You feel better about yourself, and your relationship with God gets increasingly richer.   And routine keeps you on track.  Eventually, you don’t even have to make yourself take care of the three areas.  You just keep doing them…like breathing.

Amount of time spent:  The first hour of my day.

What have you found helpful from your life…please comment

Gary


  • Susan R. Anderson

    Routine is critical for writing. Malcolm Gladwell’s book, “Outliers: The Story of Success”, speaks of the need to invest at least 10,000 hours of quality practice – routine – into something to master it. Generally speaking, people tend to think you are either born with a gift or not. I suspect it has more to do with sticking with one thing long enough to develop routine and only through routine is success achieved. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”
    ~ Robert Collier