In this post, I’m going to talk about the power of simple daily disciplines.
Why the little actions you take matter
The little actions you take matter because over time they compound and produce a really big, positive result or a negative result depending on what actions you actually take. If you choose to do things which serve you and do them over and over again then you will create the outcome you desire.
If you make the unconscious choice to not do the things which you know will serve you, then you will pay the price, not today but eventually.
Easy to do, easy not to do
The things which will really help you in life are actually easy to do.
That is the good news but the bad news is they are just as easy not to do.
Which is why the majority of people don’t do the things which would move them forward.
It’s easy to go for a 30 minute walk, it’s also easy to put it off and watch some T.V instead. It’s easy to say no to a takeaway as you walk past that almost hypnotic smell and it’s also ridiculously easy to give in and walk into the fast food shop and order that kebab that you could smell as you walked past but it’s these little, tiny insignificant choices and actions you make that will determine the sort of life you will lead.
Better to be consistent, consistency builds momentum.
Instead of doing it one day a week, it’s better to do it every single day. From experience, it’s very difficult to keep up with a routine if you stop because it makes it harder to start up again. Once you’ve been doing something consistently, it builds momentum and it’s more difficult to stop doing the activities because you are on a roll.
Why people fall for the instant progress myth.
The reason why people fall for the instant progress myth is because we have been conditioned by the media to expect instantaneous results, we see it in the movies. I’ll give you an example and it’s when the underdog trains up to be a world class fighter in the duration of a film which is like about two hours.
Now in real life it takes years to be a good fighter, let alone world class. It’s going through the training consistently and constantly. Repeating the moves over and over. There really is nothing exciting in the process of becoming a pro fighter. Showing up, putting in the effort, being consistent, never giving up… what’s instant about that? What’s exciting about that?
Doing simple helpful, daily habits creates the compound effect.
It may not seem much at the time, but doing this seemingly insignificant and easy actions will add up over time and create the compound effect.
Failure is not overnight
It’s the same with the continuous implementation if positive actions which creates the results you’re after but in this case it’s about making small errors in judgement over and over again which brings you down.
I trust that you have learnt something new or have at least been reminded about the power in daily disciplines and in doing them consistently and over a long period of time.
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Until next time
Peace & love 🙂