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How Small Choices Create a Massive Effect

October 30, 2018

 

I love quick results, especially when it comes to weight loss...

 

What about you?

 

That excitement you feel when you see quick results is so intoxicating and can also be motivating.

 

But the problem is that it sets a precedent for craving immediate gratification in the future and if you don’t see quick results you may lose motivation and give up all together.

 

Has that ever happened to you?

 

I recently read a book called “The Compound Effect “by Darren Hardy and it really resonated with me and reminded me that every small choice you make is either getting you closer or further away from your goal.

 

So today I wanted to share snippets of wisdom from the book coupled with my own experience of the “Compound Effect”

 

So, let’s explore How Your Small Choices are Creating a Compound Effect for You.

 

Firstly,what is the Compound Effect?

The compound effect is the operating system that has been running your life whether you know it or not.

 

And when applied in your favour is also the strategy of reaping huge rewards from small, seemingly insignificant actions.

 

It works in both directions, I mean it can have a positive or a negative effect on your life, your weight loss OR your writing etc.

 

It’s pretty simple. The compound effect is the idea that small actions, over time, add up to something big.

 

The steps may feel insignificant but the results are massive!

 

Let’s say your goal is weight loss. 

If you eat a chocolate bar every day, going over your planned calorie intake. The compound effect of eating the daily chocolate bar every day for a year will be significant and may not be in the direction that you desire. 

 

This also works the other way.

Say you choose to stretch for 15 mins daily and you may not be noticing the effects of that daily but let me tell you that the compound effect of this insignificant daily choice will have you pretty flexible by the end of the year! 

 

But you may not realize why you’re not losing weight if you don’t pay attention to your daily choices.

 

The impact of your Daily Choices

 

It is what we choose that makes the biggest difference. 

 

Everything in your life exists because of your moment to moment 

choices. So, your daily choices have an impact on your result at the end of the year.

 

Here is an explanation of how it works

 

  • It's not the big choices, but the ones that you think don't matter or count for much that can derail you. 

  • You may not even be aware of the daily choices that you are making

  • You don't consciously think about it, but these small decisions can really change things

 

Here are some tips on How to set yourself up for success.

 

Ask yourself these questions:

  • What are you creating with all your current daily decisions and actions?

  • What is the compound effect of those decisions and actions for you?

 

 

Small Actions & Smart Choices:

 

Awareness

Building awareness about your choices and being conscious of your actions will help you to make decisions on purpose.

 

Every choice is getting you closer to that ultimate goal.

 

Delayed Gratification

Delayed gratification is a very valuable lesson I had to learn in order to have success with the compound effect .

 

Track your progress

To improve something, you have to measure it

 

  • Tracking your progress and is key for long-term success.

  • Track your behaviour for at least one week

 

The way to change your life is by changing what choices you make daily:

  • Every day, I decide to exercise

  • I decide to eat a healthy diet 

  • I decide to meditate daily

  • I decide to have a family dinner once a week

 

What small changes do you think you can make today and follow daily? 

  • Can you start walking for 10 or 15 mins a day? 

  • Can you start stretching daily to improve your posture and flexibility? 

  • Can you take the stairs at work? 

  • What small daily action will have the biggest compound effect on your health?

 

Every choice you make has an impact on your life’s Compound Effect

 

Consistency

 

“Consistency is KING & is the ultimate key to success.”

 

Small attitude adjustments and behaviour changes, when coupled with consistency can result in significant life changes.

 

You don't need more knowledge. You just need to take action daily and create consistency.

 

“Success is doing a half dozen things really well, repeated five thousand times.”

 

The daily choices I make with my health like exercising daily, eating healthy and practising meditation may not seem like a big deal at the time but they add up to something much BIGGER over time.

 

 

Momentum

When a small change is practised over a long period of time, say over 365 days of the year, momentum can keep it going until the change becomes a habit.

 

Enjoy the Journey 

Remember that the little things are what compound into the big things. 

 

I find that having the patience for the long game is the hardest part for me, So I have learned to love the process as willpower just doesn’t cut it!

 

Here are some tips:

  • You have to care enough to do it every single day. 

  • Commit to 365 days of doing it and notice the effect that you can create in your life.

  • Success is built daily in the small insignificant choices that you make. 

And lastly, be patient with yourself.

 

It’s taken years to build some of your behaviours and habits and so it makes sense that it will take some time to change them.

 

What small choices can you make daily that will create a massive effect in your Life?

 

 

Irena Geller

Emotional Eating Coach

BSc (Biomed), Cert IV (PT), Wellness Coach (Level 3))

I coach 35+ women to put down their fork and pick up their life.  If you want to end your struggles with excess weight, stress and self-belief, using your strengths and capabilities, book a free 15-minute mini-coaching session with me and I’ll show you how to transform your life.

 

References:

1.The Compound Effect, Darren Hardy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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