I’ve been reading The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. The basic premise behind his book is that little things add up to big things. These little things can take you in the right or wrong direction. For example let’s say on average you write 1000 words in an hour. Now let’s say every day you spend an hour messing around on Facebook that leads to 365 000 LESS words written in a year (365x1000). By making a small change. Let’s say you cut your Facebook time in half to only 30 minutes a day that now leads to 182 500 MORE words written in a year. This is just an example but I think you get the point. You can apply this to pretty much anything in your life.
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The compound effect leads to “overnight success” which we all know doesn’t actually happen overnight they just appear to (J.K Rowling, Mo Willems etc.). In reality that person has worked their butt off taking small steps that all add up in the end.
But before you can make a change you need to know what you want. Then you need to figure out what is keeping you from getting what you want. Take a couple of minutes and think about it. Now what are the steps you need to take to get there?
To illustrate. One of my goals is to finish writing my teen novel by the end of August. This goal fits into my large goal of wanting an agent, which fits into my even bigger goal of getting published. In order to that I need to get my butt in my chair and write.
Darren recommends you keep a notebook for at least 3 weeks and write down everything you do in relation to that goal. So if you are trying to lose weight write down everything you eat. If you are trying to save money write down anything you buy. In my case I’m trying to make time to write. Starting today I’m recording all my daily activities and will continue do so for the next 3 weeks. This in turn will help me adjust my bad habits (spend less time on FB) so that I can reach my desired goals.
How about you, what small change can you make today that will help you down the road? Feel free to share your thoughts below. Join me on Monday for another fabulous post. I’ll be blogging about a writing conference I recently went to.
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