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What One Habit Can Do

From a few pushups to a marathon


Angelo Belardi

Aug 25 2020

3 mins read


Starting one habit can have a profound impact on your life. It can trigger a cascade of events unimaginable when you begin. But months or years afterward, it can lead to outcomes you didn’t think possible before.

The best example from my life is exercising. It began with a few pushups each day, which led to a daily bodyweight exercise routine (20 minutes each morning) over the course of a few months. A year later I had started to run regularly and about one and a half years after that, I ran a marathon.

I finished a marathon after living for over 25 years without ever feeling athletic and during which I would much rather have identified as a couch-potato than a runner. This profound change began with a handful of push-ups and only got so far because I turned them into a habit that stuck with me for years.

This inspires me whenever I think about how we can profoundly influence and change our lives. We can start so small because life itself is more like a marathon than a sprint. Thousands of steps take us there. Regular continuous action takes us there, even if every individual step seems vanishingly insignificant.

So why not pick up one habit that can lead us there, today?

Why not consciously eat that apple today which turns into a fruit-snack habit and later into an overall healthier diet?

Why not write that first diary entry today, which starts a writing habit that might turn into books later down the path of your life?

Why not thank people more for anything they do or mean to you, to bring more gratitude and happiness into your life and theirs?

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“I shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being; let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” - Etienne de Grellet

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