- Eat healthy/Exercise
I get it. I was there. I ate so much fast food in college (I still eat fast food, but not nearly as frequently). If you would like your future to be marked by health and wellness, then I highly recommend committing today to eating healthier, and finding ways to be physically active. Exercise does not have to feel like a chore. If you have a hobby that involves physical activity, then make time for it! Personally, I love playing basketball and rock climbing. Find ways to eat fruits, vegetables, and exercise regularly.
- Wake up early
Now I'm a morning person. I already love the mornings. Therefore, this habit comes fairly easily for me. Generally I like to wake up anywhere between 5 AM and 6:15 AM. If I have a day off I don't like sleeping in past 7:30 AM (though I sometimes do). My point is this: waking up early means you get a head start on the day. The three most important things you can do for your brain are exercise, read, and meditate. If you wake up at 5:30 AM you have the potential to get all three of those done by 7 AM (which is when most people wake up). Maybe this doesn't work for you because working out at 6 AM gives you a sick feeling in your stomach. That's okay. My encouragement for your is this: Figure out how to make the most of your mornings, and shape them in such a way that your future self will thank you for it.
Most people do not budget. Most people don't have more than $1,000 in their savings. Develop the habit today of not having to spend everything you make. Set financial goals (i.e. getting out of debt, paying for college, paying off student loans, saving up to put a down deposit on a house, investing money into the stock market, etc.). Learning to budget tomorrow will be much harder if your habits today reflect irresponsible spending.
Learn to rest well. And by resting well I do not mean watching Netflix for 8 hours straight on your day off. Rather, spend your day of rest (I like to call it a Sabbath Day, as reflected in the story of God resting on the seventh day of creation) intentionally doing whatever it is that refreshes you. Maybe that's spending a couple hours reading a good book at a favorite coffee shop, painting outside, going on a hike by yourself or with a friend. Figure out today what really refreshes, and make it a priority to do those things (I recommend at least one day a week, and preferably on your Sabbath Day).
Reading is important to me. Much of what I know today I've read from books. I'm a learner by nature (just like I'm more of a morning person). If you wouldn't identify yourself as a learner then I highly encourage you to cultivate a spirit of curiosity and eagerness to learn. If reading twenty minutes a day sounds like torture to you then listen to podcasts about whatever subject catches your interests. Seek knowledge and wisdom today and you'll have a wellspring of knowledge and wisdom tomorrow.
Life is not meant to be lived for yourself. If your life purpose is to simply serve yourself and gain all you can for yourself, rather than serving others and giving generously to others, then your life's purpose is way too small and, I would argue, not fulfilling. If you want your life to be marked by joy, fulfillment, and meaning then expand your life to include others rather than just yourself. You'll find that you will experience far greater joy in serving others and giving of your time and finances to those in need. Develop the habit of giving and serving today so that it becomes are core of who you are in the future.
This is a habit that does not come naturally for me. It has been quite the journey learning to implement this into a daily habit in my life. It still has it's challenges, but I can now say that spending time reading the Scriptures and meditating on them in the morning (after breakfast with my coffee) has become my favorite time in the day. If meditating on the Scriptures is new to you then start today! But don't start off too ambitiously. I recall one of my New Year's Resolutions for 2014 was every Monday morning at 5 AM I would spend an hour in silence meditating on God. By March one of my roommates favorite slam on me was all the times he's woken up and found me asleep on our living room couch after attempting meditating. So start with five minutes a day mediating on a phrase in the Bible (I recommend the Psalms).Then work your way up to 10 minutes, and then, if you feel led to do so, 20 minutes (I'm still working my way towards this). We live in a world of constant distractions. Our attention spans are much shorter today than they were fifty years ago. A great way to combat this is by spending time in your day away from your phone with the T.V. off, and simply being with God in silence.
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Eating lots of food and looking at pictures of puppies are couple of ingredients to David's perfect day. The driving passion of David's life is walking alongside people as they figure out what it means to follow Jesus today. David holds a B.A. in Psychology from Vanguard University and an M.A. in Theology from Talbot School of Theology. He currently works at Mariners Church in Irvine on the High School Ministry team. He lives is Costa Mesa, California.