It may not be sexy, but it sure is magical. Consistency and the compound effect can move mountains, amazingly! Whatever you set your mind to and focus on over time, you can achieve with this major progress hack. Let’s get into it…
One step at a time may seem insignificant in the moment, but over time it will be your key to build and grow anything! Stay at anything long enough and you’ll see something take form and create results.
It’s sometimes known as the compound effect. You’ve heard how if you save 5 dollars a day for 50 years, you’ll have … $91.250. And with interest … well, you get the point. Consistency works and pays off.
Small, smart choices, will lead you to long-term greatness. The changes are so subtle, but over time they will make a radical difference.
This concept works for everything in your life: health, fitness, finances, networking and with polishing your craft. It’s an exciting principle, (man I love this one), because you don’t have to be the smartest, the most talented, or the fastest person in the room. You can still win the game if you just stay consistent over time and never stop, like the turtle racing the rabbit.
“I’ve never really viewed myself as particularly talented. Where I excel is a ridiculous, sickening work ethic. You know, while the other guy is sleeping, I’m working. While the other guy is eating, I’m working.”
– Will Smith
The problem is people tend to jump from one thing to another all the time. Most people are not so consistent with most things. We get bored. Something else grabs our attention. We lose focus. We get impatient. We lose interest. We don’t see instant result. We keep chasing the new interesting idea or opportunity and so we never progress or succeed at anything.
But, by developing the discipline of being consistent and patient, you can out win the majority because most people will fall off. The trick is to not fall off! And that has to do with motivation and knowing your WHY.
I understand this concept now better than ever, and I’m working on understanding it more fully all the time. You always hear successful people talk about the importance of being persistent, patient and focused, but you don’t really understand it before you start to see the effects in your own life.
The power is phenomenal, and if you haven’t gotten this principle yet, WAKE UP NOW! I mean really, WAKE UP! If you got it, think of this as a friendly reminder.
Keep in mind that if you consistently make bad decisions, and have bad habits, the results will be negative. It will only work in your favor if you consistently take smart little steps. I would also recommend you find a proven roadmap to help you do that.
It’s not enough to consistently work hard. My basketball coach used to say: “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect!” It’s not enough to take steps. It’s more about taking the right steps, and to do that consistently over time.
I cannot stress enough how important this principle is for progress. This is really an important one, and I want it to hit home. Share your thoughts, experiences or questions. Let’s discuss it right here in the comments.
Have you ever used consistency and the compound effect in your life to achieve something phenomenal? Or are you more erratic, jumping from one thing to another (look I get it, I’ve been like that with a lot of different things, it’s totally human).
Share your thoughts in the comments.
Let’s move forward…
– Casper Stang