The Compounding Power of Daily Effort

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It’s a process

In my ten years of coaching people, one thing that’s common to everyone I have coached is the fact that “everyone wants results and progress in their lives” Everyone wants to make improvement in certain areas of their lives. And in truth, this is good. I mean, there’s always room for improvement at whatever level we are. But, often, how to go about improving our lives is usually a process many do not understand. The ignorance of the process of self-improvement is evident in our present society where an undue expectation is placed on people.

But, let’s take a look at nature, for instance, almost everything in nature follows a process. This process is so quiet that it’s not easily noticeable. When a tree is growing, it doesn’t just become 3 feet taller within 24 hours. Does it? A lot of time, it doesn’t even look like the tree is growing if you decide to check it out every morning. But if you let the tree be and then come back a month later, you would have noticed a tremendous change in its height.

Growth is Silent

Do you get the drift? Growth is silent. Growth is a process. But you know, most people are not looking for growth, they’re searching for an explosion, they’re searching for magic, they want a quick fix. Growth demands consistent daily effort. Growth demands that you will sometimes have to learn to take daily baby steps. And as you do this, you move closer to your goal. This also ensures that you enjoy the process.

Come to think of it, why will you want to go against nature? The daily steps that you take will eventually have a compounding power that will pull down every obstacle along your path. So many people are stressed and worn out because they have refused to take the growth path.

Incremental Progress

Peter Drucker once said “People often overestimate what they can accomplish in one year. But they greatly underestimate what they could accomplish in five years.”

Small daily improvement adds up to a massive difference.

Tom Clancy said, “An overnight success is ten years in the making.”

There are no “overnight successes”. All the great people that you really admire. They didn’t succeed because of one giant move, but rather a series of small and consistent actions over time.

Look around you, every incredibly successful person you know has been through the boring, mundane, time-tested process that eventually brings success. So, stop looking for “quick hacks” that bring magical results.

Coordinated, accelerating work makes the most impact.

Seth Godin says “The thing is, incremental daily progress (negative or positive) is what actually causes transformation. A figurative drip, drip, drip. Showing up, every single day, gaining in strength, organizing for the long haul, building connection, laying track — this subtle but difficult work is how culture changes.”

Your big goals can be overwhelming, but in little parts, it seems achievable. Every step forward brings you closer to a goal.

Progress is in your control.

Listen to the Veterans

Jim Rohn said “Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals.”

Robert Collier once said, “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” Consistency and a series of purposeful actions will transform the way you work and hone in your chosen craft.

In “The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success,” author Darren Hardy writes“It’s not the big things that add up in the end; it’s the hundreds, thousands, or millions of little things that separate the ordinary from the extraordinary.”

Darren says, “Small, Smart Choices + Consistency + Time = RADICAL DIFFERENCE”

“I’m convinced you can do almost anything if you are willing to clarify your goals and then make the incremental investment over time to achieve them,” says Michael Hyatt.

Be Consistent

So, my friend, be consistent in daily effort. A little here and a little there, if you keep at it daily, the compounding power of daily effort will be put to work in your life. And then, you can grow and achieve success at your own pace.

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