The Compound Effect describes how to make long-term changes by focusing solely on the smallest decisions, and their cumulative impact. Darren Hardy explains that by taking responsibility for our lives, we can change our habits and create a life that is more successful and fulfilling.
What does the book say?
For the most part, the reason we don't achieve what we want to isn't because of our goals or attitude, but rather our approach.
We can't just immediately change something. We need to build momentum, make a plan, and slowly change our bad habits into good ones.
It's these long-term changes that bring the biggest rewards.
Often it's the insignificant daily choices that we make that are compounded and lead to an unsuccessful and stressful life.
Instead, you need to connect your daily choices with clear goals and the right motivation.
If you maintain these healthy behaviours for a long period of time, they'll start to become habitual and you'll reach major milestones without even realising.
What actions can I take?
Note down where you want to be in the different areas of your life (business, health, family, lifestyle), then note down what attributes and behaviours you'll need to get there.
Then list the bad daily habits that don't move you towards these goals – and cut them out!
Connect all of your daily choices and habits with these new priorities.
Prove you're your own boss by sticking to these changes.