Today is Day 4 of the #SummerReset Challenge where we read Chapter 4 of The Compound Effect!
As you may have guessed by now the title of the chapter is Momentum!
Did you ever notice how hard it is to get moving again when you have been sitting around doing nothing for a long time? I have had that happen way more than once. Some weekend days and especially during the winter it is just too easy to sit there and binge watch my favorite crime dramas (Law & Order, NCIS, etc.) that I recorded on the DVR during the week. Or binge watch shows on Netflix like Arrow and The Flash! I just get too used to sitting around and relaxing and it is sooo hard to get up and get myself going to do anything else.
Isaac Newton’s First Law is in play here. The Law of Inertia states that objects at rest tend to stay at rest unless acted upon by an outside force. On the other hand, objects in motion tend to stay in motion unless something stops their momentum.
To change from sitting on the couch and binge watching your favorite shows and being productive doing something positive for your life just takes the first step. That is always the hardest one. Once you do that and keep moving forward momentum takes over and the good stuff just keeps snowballing and you’re off to the races.
But it doesn’t happen overnight! Remember you may have been doing nothing for a really long time. So it’s going to take effort and alot of it over a long period of time.
This is where routines and good habits come in.
What are some actions you do everyday without fail?
Brushing your teeth, exercising, meditating, putting on your seatbelt when you get in the car?
These are all actions that you take everyday without thinking about it. You just do them.
But it took doing them everyday for many years to make them so automated.
This is what you need to do with your positive habits that you are working on to reach your goals.
Your routine is a system and the better it is the less stress you have in your life.
Darren talks about his morning and evening routines in this chapter. He calls it “bookending your days”.
So, you have your morning routine of activities you do without fail and the same thing in the evening with activities you do before bed. Get control of these and whatever happens during the day won’t really matter. You can’t predict or control everything that might happen during any given day anyway.
Consistency is Really The Key to Building The Habits and Gaining Momentum!
In order for all of these actions that turn into routines that turn into habits there has to be consistency.
You can’t start from nothing and go crazy all at once and expect to be able to sustain your new exercise regimen just as an example.
Slow and steady wins the race and allows you to be consistent. And you have to be patient with yourself as always.
That is a difficult one for me. Although I am working at it all the time. The patience thing.
I have been working at building my business steadily and slowly for the last couple of years now.
I am starting to see the positive results of my efforts.
Just a trickle here and there mind you. But they are showing up. Because I am showing up.
So what do you think I am going to keep doing?
Yes, that’s right! Showing up every single day!
Tomorrow is Chapter 5 — Influences
See you back here for that!