THE COMPOUND EFFECT

I have recently read the book: “The Compound Effect”, which is somewhat of a companion to the book: “The Slight Edge” – both of these manuals speak about the importance of STICKING WITH IT…

It is not any particular action (that you undertake) in and of itself, but rather the REPETITION of that action that is the key to success…

Many times we (human beings) are really good at STARTING things, but not all that great at FINISHING them – once our initial excitement (about the new activity) wears off, it is far too easy to lose focus…

The key is in the compounding effect of consistently performing positive actions – and I stress POSITIVE because, unfortunately, those same compounding effects work just as well when it comes to NEGATIVE actions…

Let’s look at this concept as it relates to something that you and I are familiar with – Diet and Exercise…

Assume that you just started your New Year’s resolution diet & exercise plan 2 weeks ago, but you have not yet seen any visible results – even though your body is actually starting to FEEL better…

At this point it would be relatively easy to quit – I mean, you have been busting your butt for the past 2 weeks and you have no physical improvement to show for it…as a matter of fact, you have actually GAINED a few pounds…?!?!?!?!?!

Well, that phenomenon (the initial weight gain) is to be expected – you have been building a bit of muscle over the past 2 weeks while performing your workout routines, and muscle is HEAVIER than fat…so the trick to not getting immediately discouraged is to NOT judge your short-term results by what the weight scale tells you…

It is at this point where you need to make a crucial decision – keep doing what you are doing…do what you are doing, but with less effort…or QUIT…after all (you ask yourself), if you skip your exercise and diet routine JUST FOR 1 DAY, will that IMMEDIATELY make you fatter and less healthy?

No – of course it won’t – but if you find an excuse to say “NO” to exercise and diet today, it will be that much easier to say “NO” again tomorrow, and even easier to pass up on the next day…and the next…and the next…

And the next thing you know, you are making that same New Year’s resolution this year that you made last year because you quit on yourself…
On the flipside – if you continue to perform your diet and exercise routines on a consistent basis – IN SPITE OF not seeing immediate results – then the Compound Effect will eventually kick in and you WILL meet your fitness goals!

Keep the faith and keep plugging along – for added motivation, you can daily visualize how GREAT you will look and feel once you have met your training goals…and isn’t that a SPECTACULAR feeling?

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