In the last week, I have heard a quote that I had never heard before, but was so obvious when I heard it. I chose to share it with you because I had never heard it before but came across it twice in the last week, so something was telling me to share this wisdom with you. The quote is:
“What is common sense is not always common practice.”
This quote is huge and also obvious. Too many times people go through their daily lives knowing the kind of things they should be doing to improve their lives but fail to do them. Then when years pass and their life has not improved at all, or even worse, they are worse off now than they were years ago, they wonder what happened. Well, they did not do the common sense things that could improve their lives.
For example, we all know that in order to live a longer, healthier life we should exercise at least 30 minutes a day and have a relatively healthy diet. That is pretty much common sense, but “What is common sense is not always common practice.” This is why America has an obesity problem and too many people lose their lives a lot earlier than they should.
What Should You Do???
This is a perfect time to use this quote as motivation to change your life. Identify the common sense things that would improve your life and incorporate those things in your daily life. If you know that saving $200 a paycheck would help improve your financial life, then set up an automatic transfer of that money to your savings account every pay day. If you want to be healthier, start incorporating 30 minutes of exercise in your day. If you can’t seem to lose weight, look at your diet.
Are you overlooking any common sense things that you could change? I have heard people complain about how they can’t lose weight yet they stop for a Starbucks Caramel Latte every day. Those things are like 450 calories each!!! Maybe avoiding that would make a big difference.
The point I want to share here is that you have the ability to change your life for the better in any area of life you want. The difference between the ones who are successful and the ones who are not are that the successful ones have put the common sense things into common practice. They make the simple daily common sense things a part of their daily routine and do them every day. Remember, success is just a few simple disciplines practiced every day. If you practice these common sense things daily, over a long period of time, in the area of your life you want to improve, you WILL see a huge improvement.
Don’t let five years pass and regret not taking action on the common sense things that can change your life. Sure, it typically takes a while to see the big differences, but you can feel the effects of the changes in a shorter amount of time. Most people don’t want to work on something daily so that things will be better in five years, because five years is “too far away.” My question is, “Where are you going to be in five years anyway?” Do you want to be in the same boat in five years, or be better off because you put the common sense things to improve your life into common practice?
Start with one common sense thing today and practice it daily. It WILL change your life!!!