Habits- The Power of the Compound Effect
Updated: Aug 25, 2019
Name one habit that you wish you could change in a heartbeat. I bet you can name a few right? Our brains are hardwired to carry out certain functions based on routine. Look at it this way, whenever you walk you're not conscious of which foot goes before the other. This action is completely reliant on your brain's memory bank, and The Compound Effect. How stressful would it be if you had to tell yourself- right foot, left foot each time? Our ability to store these actions and functions helps us to survive. Furthermore, it gives us space to focus our attention on other areas of our lives.
So what is the COMPOUND EFFECT? The compound effect is a principle coined by Darren Hardy, and it looks at the implications of small, consistent changes that are implemented over time. We have all heard the saying, 'Rome was not built in a day' and this concept ties in perfectly with the teachings of The Compound Effect. Let's take a look at a few things that you do daily and the possible long term implications.
Jessica drinks one sugary drink per day for 3 years and does not exercise- Possible Implications are: Obesity/Diabetes/High Body Fat Percentage/ Other Health Issues
Jeffery exercises for 10-15 minutes daily and drinks water for 3 years- Possible Implications are: Good Health/Strength/High Energy/Radiant Skin
So, how does The Compound Effect work?
Simple, it looks at your habits from a cumulative standpoint. Sure one sugary drink each day seems small, however, if it is done every day for a few years the overall effect on the body will be significant. Human beings are creatures of habit. Darren Hardy, in his book The Compound Effect, shows how short-lived drastic or overnight changes can be versus the longevity of small consistent changes. The habits that we currently have are cemented by years of conditioning. Sure you can opt to change or replace a habit overnight, but it is much easier to have a relapse. On the other hand, if you make small consistent changes on a daily basis you can override the old habit with a new one. In other words, small consistent changes are always better in the long run!
3 Lessons that you can learn from The Compound Effect
I have struggled with this concept for the majority of my life. We all know that change can be hard sometimes. It requires consistent work and sometimes blood, sweat, and tears. But, if we are patient with ourselves and push through the hard times we can accomplish all our goals.
Develop habits that align you with your goals
If your habits do not serve the person that you want to become change them. The Compound Effect can either work for you or against you. In either case, it is always happening. Make small, consistent changes that will push you in the direction that you want to go.
Never underestimate the power of momentum-
Momentum is the reason why The Compound Effect will work every single time. The small, consistent changes that you make will one day produce some drastic changes, that will appear to happen overnight to onlookers. That is the work of momentum! It rewards you for your consistency.
Ps. It's best to have momentum working for you at all times.
The Compound Effect is really an amazing read. Grab a copy of your own and make those small changes that will eventually change your life.
"You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” “Don't wish it were easier; wish you were better.” “You alone are responsible for what you do, don't do, or how you respond to what's done to you.”- Darren Hardy