Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Anything - Everything

How you do anything is how you do everything. 
Take a moment to read this sentence again, and fully absorb the meaning in these words: How you do anything is how you do everything.
This statement is not to be taken lightly and can enhance your life immensely.
How you handle and manage any situation, challenge or experience in your life is how you probably handle all of them.

How I hold a yoga pose. How I finish my track workout. How I treat my body. What I make for dinner. How I speak to my friend. How I greet a stranger. How I drive in traffic. How I write my final paper. How I keep myself sane and centered. How I separate laundry. How I budget. How I schedule my day.

If I do simple, ordinary things in a careless, half-assed way, it will become my trademark. Maybe not all at once, but slowly it will. That’s how weight creeps on, relationships fizzle out, kids go astray, dreams fade, and good assignments go to other writers. 

Because how you do anything is how you do everything, it is important to be honest about how you do the "anything".

For example, how do you perform at work? What are you friendships like? How to you approach a challenge?

If you are late with deadlines at work and do not pay close attention to detail, then the chances are that these characteristics can be seen in your personal life and relationships as well. If you often find yourself having conflict with friends and family members, you will probably find that there is conflict in the other areas of your life too.

If you procrastinate, you procrastinate in everything. The first step is to understand, admit and truly own up to it. Understand that this problem affects every area of your life! It’s what’s holding you back and it’s what’s keeping you where you’ve always been. Habit’s cause a lack of growth and keep you in the same routine. You must first, change your habits. Success comes with growth so you must break and replace these habits. 

Another way to follow the principle “how you do anything is how you do everything” is to be passionate about everything you do. Make a decision to live life on purpose and put effort into everything you do.

Once you understand how you do “anything,” you can make grand changes for your life in general. Perhaps now is the time to break old patterns and set new standards for yourself. The way you eat, the way you spend money, the way you have relationships is an expression of who you are and what you believe. Look at what you’re doing and instead of trying to fix problems or make them go away, become interested in them as an opportunity to learn what’s really going on.

If we do simple, ordinary things in a mindful, intentional way, this will become our trademark. When we pay attention. When we care enough to be present and tune in. When we remember that the little things add up to become the big things.

When we find a way to incorporate love into anything we do, it works its way into everything we do. And one day, perhaps, love will simply be who we are.

How you do anything is how you do everything.

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