Do you have a nature habit? Have you made nature part of your daily or weekly rhythm? Sometimes it is hard to make “getting outside” a priority, even when we know the benefits, including recent studies showing the importance of sunlight to vision!
I’ve just finished skimming the book The ONE Thing* by Gary Keller. The premise of the book (highly recommended!) is that in order to have more of what we want in our life, we need to focus on less. Our focus needs to be on our ONE thing. He acknowledges that we will have many priorities in our lives, but each of us has something that matters most and that is our ONE thing.
Right now, my ONE Thing is getting myself and my children outside every day, as a habit. Just as we eat every day, and we sleep every day — we go outside every day. To notice, to know, to be.
The ONE Thing is full of quotes which inspire me to making going outside a daily habit.
At the end of Chapter 2: The Domino Effect, Gary says:
The key is over time. Success is built sequentially. It’s one thing at a time.
The benefits of time in nature happen over time. Getting out every day — whatever the weather — will get us there.
Chapter 4: Everything Matters Equally opens with a quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
This is followed by:
The things which are most important don’t always scream the loudest. –Bob Hawke
Everyone’s “matters most” will be different from their “matters least” – but the thing that screams the loudest for our attention likely isn’t time in nature. And it probably comes via an electronic device of some kind. At least, that generally is the case in my house.
So how do we make nature time a habit?
Well, in Chapter 6: A Disciplined Life, Gary tells us:
There is this pervasive idea that the successful person is the “disciplined person” who leads a “disciplined life.”
It’s a lie.
He says that we don’t need more discipline; we need more habit. And just enough discipline to form that habit. How long to form a habit? More than the often cited 21 or 28 days, apparently. Gary references a University College of London study which found it takes, on average, 66 days to form a habit. Yesterday was our family’s 34th day of getting outside in a row – we’re halfway to a habit!
A final quote from the book I will share is by F.M. Alexander and comes from Chapter 12: The Path to Great Answers:
People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.
What habits are deciding your future? Do you have a nature habit? Leave a comment or share a link and let us know!
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