Ask Yourself this Question Right Now…

“If someone could only see my actions and not hear my words, what would they say are my priorities?

What can you work on today that will continue working for you years from now?”

This is a question that James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, posed in a newsletter a month or so back. I liked it so much that I copied it to my desktop to return to again and again.

Why? Because if there’s one thing I know about myself, I talk a much better game than I actually play.

“I want to be a writer,” I say, “I want to publish a book.” And yet, if you saw my actions throughout the course of a day, would you see the actions of a writer? Would it seem like writing a book was my priority?

Or would you think I prioritised teaching, blogging, YouTube videos or sitting on my backside looking at a screen?

If I were to develop a habit of writing for at least 30 minutes of a book each day, where might I be in a few years?

Talk is cheap. Your beliefs, goals and dreams don’t matter. How motivated or unmotivated you are does not matter.

At least, not if these things aren’t evident in the way you actually live your life.

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