When you peer into the life of any successful individual, whether famous or unknown, you quickly note the ‘a’ typical factors: keen vision, consistent hard work, and relentless determination. What’s interesting to me, however, is when examining even more intimately into those same lives, there are other factors equally as recurring and often overlooked. Perhaps more significant than God-given talent, are regular routines.

Often characterized as tedious, idle work, the value and emphasis placed on our daily routines has somehow been grossly underestimated. In most biographies and inspiring testimonials, our tendency is to hang onto the edge of our seat in anticipation of hearing about the miraculous turn of events, or that one sensational moment when the stars were aligned and a breakthrough finally happened. But I have found that these supernatural moments are proceeded by countless, minuscule moments of constant regimen.

What do you do every day either consciously or unconsciously? Whatever it is, it is shaping your future. If you’re doing what you’ve always done, you will continue to get what you’ve always had. Equally as important, are the things we choose to neglect to do on a regular basis, in determining life’s outcome down the road.

As we take on the excitement and momentum of a brand new quarter in 2017, let’s carve out time to create a list of routines that will inevitably help move us closer toward our year-end goals. When working with mentors this year or studying the lives of other successful people, let’s pay close attention to their routines and borrow them, if similar results are desired.

Most successful people, despite how their lives began, have developed financial, health/fitness, even recreational or social routines (to say nothing of what they do regularly to enhance and evolve their careers). A little goes a long way. A little, consistently, over time, goes a very long way. Consider the power of raindrops and snowflakes. The accumulation of these weightless, minute forms of matter, have the ability to paralyze cities. With similar impact, your seemingly small, repetitive action, can in time transform your reality.

For the next three months, let’s all commit to identifying and implementing the right routines. Write down 1 – 3 goals for this quarter and for each one, assign at least one routine necessary to achieve it. At the end of the second quarter, we’ll assess how far we’ve come. Sometimes, all you need to bring your inner greatness to life, is a simple success strategy.