The Small and Simple Things

The goal of this blog post is to increase your faith that doing small and simple things really will help you win the battle of addiction and make your life better.

  • Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise. Alma 37:6

  • Question: Do you believe there is something you can do specifically in the next seven days that would make your personal, family, and business life worse? Okay, next question: Do you honestly believe there is something you can do in the next seven days that would make your personal, family, and business life better? Chances are astronomical that you answered “yes”. -Zig Ziglar

  • It took me a long time to develop the habit of going to the gym in the morning. I’ve always had a hard time waking up in the morning. I would guess it took me about a year of trying and failing to develop the habit. One interesting thing I’ve noticed is that the times I lay out my workout clothes the night before I almost always end up going to the gym. If I don’t, I have a much higher chance of not making it.

I can’t say that my will power is much different between the times when I wake up with gym clothes laid out versus having to find them, but I definitely have provided conditions in which I’m more likely to succeed.

When battling addiction sometimes we fall into a trap of thinking if I just had more willpower I wouldn’t do this or even worse, I’m just evil and desire bad things. I found that if I paid attention to my circumstances and triggers, I really did have a great degree of control in how much I got tempted.

God knows what you need. We often times know the small and simple things we need to do. It’s just a matter of doing them. Your triggers may be harder to identify. For instance, they could be more emotionally based, such as feeling left out, not listened to, or feeling depressed. God will help you. He wants you to win.