In his book, The Compound Effect, Darren Hardy says that if you do simple, little, daily habits, that over time you will wind up successful. When you make small but intentional changes in your life daily, there is a compounding effect that leads to the satisfaction you desire.
The key is to do this DAILY. You have to be consistent.
If you want to be paid more and promoted faster you have to develop yourself first which means you must make incremental changes every day. You have to consistently make progress on the person that you are. Before you can master a new job, you must master your new self. You experience new and exciting things when you take the time to do the work on you. Improving yourself daily guarantees you a future filled with possibilities. When you expand, the world opens up to you.
In his book, Rich Habits – The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals, Tom Corley lists certain habits that the wealthy follow every day. Exceptionally talented feds also possess these traits. Below is just a partial list:
- 81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19% of the non-wealthy
- 88% of wealthy people spend 30 minutes or more reading to learn and improve their skill set vs. 2% of the non-wealthy
- 76% of wealthy exercise four days a week vs. 23% of non-wealthy people
- 63% of wealthy listen to audio books during their commute to work vs. 5% of the non-wealthy
- 79% of wealthy network five hours or more each month vs. 16% of non-wealthy
- 86% of wealthy believe in lifelong educational self-improvement vs. 5% non-wealthy
- 67% of wealthy watch one hour or less of TV every day vs. 23% of non-wealthy
- 67% of wealthy write down their goals vs. 17% non-wealthy
- 86% of wealthy love to read vs. 26% non-wealthy
So start by setting goals that are small but worthwhile and highly achievable. Get a few wins in and you will be motivated to continue. First master the basics then discipline yourself to consistently repeat these same steps every day.
Remember, small disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements (even job promotions) over time.
Personally I’ve been trying to learn Portuguese for some time. When I was not catching on as quickly as others, I got frustrated and just stopped. Then I realized the Law of Consistency.
I may not learn the language as quickly as others, but if I learn the basics and consistently build on what I learn, I will eventually become fluent.
You will reap huge rewards in your life and your career if you consistently grow as a person.
Rewards will come from your series of small, smart choices repeated daily.
Your life will change when you do.
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