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A few years ago, I came across a quote that forever changed the way I thought about small and simple things:
I couldn’t possibly have understood this when I was young like I do now. When we look back on decades of life we see that the seemingly insignificant things we do over and over actually weave the pattern of our lives. And if those small and simple things are good, we will end up having lived a fulfilling life—and that is a great thing!– Marjorie Pay Hinckley
Patterns are a powerful concept. In sewing, they are formed by weaving individual strands together in a repeated sequence or arrangement.
Similarly, life patterns also consist of individual strands that are woven together over time. These strands include habits, routines, rituals, or systems that we consistently implement in our lives and eventually determine who we will become. If you want to achieve different results in your life, all you have to do is adopt the correct pattern.
Examples of Patterns
In my own life, I’ve always liked to have routines because I feel they result in increased efficiency and ensure that the essentials get done. For example, I set aside time each Sunday night for my weekly review where I recap the previous week and plan for the next. I also try to say a morning and evening prayer to start and end each day with the right mindset (grateful for life and committed to focusing on what matters most each day).
In my marriage, my wife and I try to abide by the commission “Never let anger be an overnight guest” and that is one of the many things that has lead to a very successful and happy marriage.
Patterns are more than just weaving strands together. They also can serve as a model or an example for others to follow.
This is what the Patterns of Success blog and podcast are really all about–studying the lives of successful men and women and identifying the patterns that lead them to balanced, meaningful, and sustainable success, and how you can apply them to achieve success in your own life.
If we truly understand this principle, there really are no “small” things at all. Everything we do is contributing towards our destiny in our marriages, in our relationship with our kids, in our business, and with our character.
Put your life under a microscope. What are the small and simple things that are weaving the pattern of your life? Are they strands of success?