The Value of Small Daily Action – THE COMPOUND EFFECT – Part 1

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Recently, I came across an interesting Phrase “Microwave Mentality” over a conversation on how companies today market different Product  that Promises you Instant Gratification , Overnight success, get younger , Get fit instantly kind of Magic. While, I believe that these repetitive marketing messages have distorted our own opinion (by getting into our subconscious mind) of what it takes to succeed and the consequence of these opinion is we get frustrated and disappointed if we don’t succeed overnight.

Recently, I met a friend who asked me how to lose weight. I told him I am not a weight loss expert and ended up making a comment that if he moves or shakes his body more than what he did yesterday and continue to follow till he gets to a point of  his desired weight along with monitoring his eating habit. His Response was that he took a Annual Gym membership and it hasn’t helped him in last 3 months how come daily shaking or Moving your body will help him lose weight..

I suggested him book a “The Compounded Effect” by Darren Hardy. Idea was to let him realize that it’s not Grand Act of  heavy workout for 3 months that will bring his weight down but moment to moment decision that in themselves make no visible difference whatsoever ,but the accumulated decisions effect OVERTIME will have profound impact.

Success is often Sold in the world as “Magic Pill” , “Instantaneous Process” and not series of traditional & fundamental steps of  figuring out “Your One thing” and slowly advancing towards your dream till you get accomplish your dream & The SAD part is we BUY into these marketing messages.

Size of your life will be determined by the Size of the Problem you will Solve…You MAY not solve “Monumental Problem” if you haven’t Practiced Solving “Smaller Problems”

After interesting conversation, I ended up reading my old notes of “The Compounding Effect” By Darren Hardy and thought of penning down some of my own learning along with providing a required momentum to few of my newly acquired habits.

I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.” – Mark Twain

 I have structured my own learning around “Compound Effect” into 2 Parts. First one is Top 12 lessons and 2nd Part is 2-3 stories of Compounding Effect that have moved me and will possibly move you..

My top 12 lessons learnt on Value of Compounding Effect

  •  Most people get confused by the simplicity of the Compound Effect. What they don’t realize is that these small, seemingly insignificant steps completed consistently over time will create a radical difference in their life. We all have heard about “Hare & Tortoise” Story during our childhood. Darren Suggests that “Be a Tortoise, Given enough time you can beat anyone in any industry and in any country”. We all wish to be Hare but if you look at long run , its Tortoise that wins in the End..
  • Get Out of Lottery Winner Mindset i.e. You wish you were born Rich , You Wish you were born in specific family ,You wish you studied in specific college ,You Wish you had specific opportunity etc. If you read MOST REAL success stories , you would realize that “ Most of the Success was result of daily small ,smart choices made over a long period  time” .Remember In Lottery , We Listen about ONE Winner and NOT million losers..
  • People get to certain level of success & get complacent…Its time to re-coup our old Grandparents rule of work ethics i.e. real & lasting success requires WORK & really HARD work.
  • Knowledge is NOT Power. It is Potential Power. Idea without execution leads to delusion. Point is to ACT quickly on your knowledge.  My strategic plan is “DOING THING” – Herb Kallebar – CEO of Southwest Airlines
  •  Our choices can be great friend & worst enemy.Its only little thing that bite you & not big thing. Remember Mosquito and Elephant Analogy (Its Mosquitoes that bite & not elephant).Owning 100% of our Life result is a key to our life transformation. We are self made Man & women. Your Life is product of Moment to Moment choices.
  • Luck = Preparation +Personal growth + Attitude+ Daily Action +Opportunity (Natural Occurrence) . Luck is equal opportunity distributor.

Very few things are as amazingly impressive as the “magic” of compounding pennies. Amazingly, this “force” is equally powerful in every area of your life.” – Darren Hardy

  • Tracking is “Go to Model” for massive transformation. All winners are Trackers…Tracking bring moment to moment awareness. Track yourself as if u are valuable commodity. Pick ONE Habit & track its daily Progress till it becomes part of neural network or default Operating Rhythm.
  • Don’t let your habits run your Life. We are born with instincts and No habits, we build habits. Our Habits and Routines define our life. Habit you indulge may be compounding your life .A single poor habit overtime can derail you from your key Goal or from mission of your Life. Remember Compound Effect is always working
  • Build your LIFE Plan before your BUSINESS Plan or Professional plan. We generally do opposite i.e. we build professional plan & try to FIT in our personal Goal that is Prime cause of our dis-satisfaction.
  • Be aware about your Entertainment to Education Ratio. Bottom 80 % are focused on entertainment.. Figure out how to free yourself from Media Madness that is always focused on Negativity or the worst case scenario.
  • Make Power of consistency as YOUR competitive advantage .It takes approx 10 times more effort and Energy to re-launch any of your Project vs continuously doing it till you successfully complete it. Understand that there is a Massive cost of inconsistency.
  • List out number of things that you are doing are not inspiring, not adding to your health goal or  happiness goal ,not adding value to your Life etc.Use Compounding model to delete them slowly i.e. If you drink 5 cup of caffeine ,First reduce quantity in each cup followed by number of cups in a day followed by completely replacing it with lemon water or Green tea. Reducing it slowly & consistently over a period of time can get help you get rid of your undesired habits.
  • What have u decided to tolerate is what u get?if tolerate Your body to be over –weight , u would get it, If you Tolerate Negativity, You would get it. If you Tolerate Negative association , you will GET it..

Remember RAIN before RAINBOW i.e. daily Efforts before Massive Success..

 Hope Some of my above learning Serve you massively..

 Stay Great

Pratyush Singh

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About singhpratyush

Pratyush is highly Energetic,Passionate & Inspiring IT leader who has worked for various leading Organizations such as Citicorp,Siebel,General Electric,Aditya Birla Group.Apart from his interest in technologies (CRM, Predictive Analytics & Connected World) & how technology is changing the world around us, He is constant learning being with focus of improving each & every aspect of his own life and life around him.He is passionate about spreading a message of Inspired and Happy Living.He dreams of making world a better place through a Philosophy of "Inspired & Happy Living" by adding value to every soul that he can reach. Stay Happy & Great.
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