For the A to Z challenge this year, I’m posting about one of my favorite things: Living the life you were born to live. I’ve been so blessed with a family that constantly encourages me and builds me up and I want to pass that along to y’all! I’ll be traveling a lot during the month, so some of the posts are scheduled ahead of time and answering comments might take some time. I’ll try and keep up though. Thanks for stopping by!
C is for Compound Effect
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Mr. Darren Hardy, author of The Compound Effect starts out an article this way:
“If you’ve ever heard the story of the tortoise and the hare, you know the expression, ‘Slow and steady wins the race.’ Ladies and gentlemen, I’m the tortoise.”
He goes on to say that if he has enough time, he’ll beat almost anyone at anything. Not because he’s the best, but because of the great habits he’s developed and the consistency in which he does these habits. He says that consistency is the ultimate key to success.
Mr. Hardy goes on to say one of his dad’s core philosophies was “It doesn’t matter how smart you are or aren’t, you can make up in hard work what you lack in experience, skill, intelligence or innate ability.” His dad taught him to work harder and smarter. By the age of 24, Darren Hardy was making over one million dollars a year.
Mr. Hardy says that the Compound Effect “Is the ‘secret’ behind my success.” The Compound Effect is the principle of reaping huge rewards from a series of small, smart choices. Take saving money, eating healthfully or reading a book, for examples. If you just start doing one of these things each day, and continue on and on, eventually you’ll see big changes in your life. Do this in many areas of your life, and you’ll be forever changed.
Mr. Hardy says: “What’s most interesting about this process to me is that, even though the results are massive, the steps, in the moment, don’t feel significant. …they’re almost imperceptible. These small changes offer little or no immediate result, no big win, no obvious I-told-you-so payoff.” That can make it extra hard. Over time though, you will be able to see results, and it will be worth it. I know from my own experience. 🙂
He then explains “What they don’t realize is that these small, seemingly insignificant steps completed consistently over time will create a radical difference.” Why not try it for yourself? Choose something you know you need to work on, and don’t leap in, trying to change everything at once, start out small, and gradually build. You’ll be amazed when you look back years from now and see how instrumental the small things in life are.
And just a note: It works the other way too, allow yourself to indulge in bad habits, and looking back years from now, you’ll see how negatively they effected you. So, choose to take control and implement good habits into your life! 🙂