“Faith + Discipline = Momentum For Life” (Mike Slaughter, Momentum For Life, p. 9)
They say that 20% of all New Year’s resolutions are broken within the first week of January… and another 80% (at least!) are broken within the first year. Why? Well, in a culture of immediacy and convenience very few of us can stomach the hard-work and little payoff of the beginning stages. Author Malcolm Gladwell says this in his book Outliers: “Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”
We’ve all got a lot of practicing to do to get where we want to be… it will take a long time, and it will be hard… but nothing worth doing is easy. Here are the principles and practices we will be building into our life from Momentum for Life (pp. 6-8):
Devotion: we need to be always building Faith in God into our daily lives. Love, service, prayer and meditation.
Readiness for lifelong learning: we need to be always building ourselves intellectually, creatively, and professionally.
Investing in key relationships: we need to be always building solid personal relationships and strategic partnerships.
Vision: we need to be always building a goal and direction for our future that reflects God’s purpose for our lives.
Eating and exercise: we need to always be building the best healthy and fit body we can. Feeling good is important.
Doing these things consistently, with commitment and discipline, WILL have positive results.