The Compound Effect
Whats up guys!
Chris here again, I hope you guys are having a great day.
So in my first post, which you can check out here. I talked about how my college roommate got me into reading personal development books.
I talked about how everything changed for me after reading my first book ( which I am going to talk about below)
My roommate told me his dad, who back home in Texas owned and ran www.mcallensports.com Embroidery McAllen Tx shop was the one who initially got him into reading these books.
He told me that when he was in High School and old enough to really understand how the world works, asked his dad a simple question.
He asked him “Dad, are we rich?
You see my roommate Will was pretty well off growing up. With that said, he still had to work for things. His dad was a firm believer in not only hard work, but smart, consistent work.
This was something that I truly didn’t understand to the fullest when he first told me. Up until this point, the only thing I had really tied with success was “hard work”
He told me that his dad him that if that was the case, every single person who worked hard would be wealthy.
It took really understanding what you were working for, laying out a smart plan, and staying consistent with that plan till reaching your goal.
With it not really making sense to me, but I was intrigued, I decided to read this book he said would open up my mind to all this.
What book was it?
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy.
This book really outlined the concept for me on how doing the little things such as reading 5 to 10 pages every single day, could “compound” to so much in life over time.
The book talked about how most people equate success to doing this “grand gesture” and creating success.
Hardy talked about how much of success is determined by the little things we do when no one is watching.
Key Takeaway #1
Consistency is the KEY.
It’s easy to do something for a while, but the gold mine is in being consistent with it every single day.
That’s what separates success from failure.
Key Takeaway #2
These things are easy to do, but…
they are also easy not to do.
Let’s use working out as example.
It’s January 1st, and your New Years Resolution is to lose these 15-20 lbs you have gained over the last couple years.
You start off by buying a brand new workout wardrobe from Academy, getting that new membership from the new gym in town, even got yourself a new Fit Bit, shoot you are ready to go!
The first couple days are tough but you are so motivated that you get through the workout.
After about a week, your whole body hurts. You have no idea how you can continue to workout with that same intensity you first started with.
So you take a day off. Then you notice the workouts kinda stall. After the first 2 months, you have worked out a couple of times and decide to stop working out altogether because it’s just not for you.
We have all been there, so don’t feel like you are alone in this.
Instead, what you should have done is..
“I’m gonna start with 10 minutes a day of some light exercise”
This is something even the most beginner can handle.
Every single day.
From there, you can start to move yourself up from 10 minutes to 20 minutes, because you ARE READY.
From 20 to 30 minutes.
and so on.
You see the difference?
Instead of this grand gesture of working out every single day for an hour, start small.
and grow from there.
Let’s compare a 3 month look.
For the first person, after 3 months, they quit. all the new clothes they purchased is now just hanging in the closet.
the 2nd person, remember who started with just 10 minutes a day..
is now 12 lbs lighter, and has built up their workout time from 10 minutes to 45 minutes a day!
That’t how The Compound Effect works!
This is what I want you to do now..
Think about something that you have been wanting to be better at.
whatever it is, set a small goal, something that you can do every single time, without question.
remember, this might seem too easy, but it’s also easy not to do.
whatever it is that you chose, start today.
Get it going!
Talk to you guys tomorrow!