Have you ever taken the time to think about success? Or about areas of your life where you have made significant progress? Have you ever noticed that when you are trying to reach the road to success, you get to a point where your goal seems impossible and unattainable. Nonetheless, you push through and you eventually succeed. It make take you a few months, or even a few years to get there! Take a step back and think about this. What were the key elements on that journey? In my opinion, one of the key elements of success is consistency. That is doing small things day in and day out to reach your goal. Darren Hardy talks about this on his book “The Compound Effect.” Hardy illustrates how doing small things over a long period of time produce a compound effect that leads to successful outcomes.
Think about anything you have ever done in your life. I will use motorcycling and my PADI scuba diving story as examples. When I run my bike on the race track, my goal is to cut down my lap times. Think about going into a turn and having to decelerate to achieve your desire speed. Well, in track school, most corners have marker boards at the side to advise riders of the approaching corner to give them a reference to when to start braking. The signs are numbered 5, 4,3,2,1. The later you brake the harder you have to do it. Remember you are going in at 100+ mph (depending on your experience). It is HARD to brake smoothly. When I first started riding, I would start braking well before the 5 marker. But little by little I would delay my braking to get a better drive out of the corner. Over time, braking later reduced my lap times as much as 4 seconds. At the time, it didn’t seem like I was making any significant progress, but as it turned out over time, my times improved. The same compound effect can be applied to my PADI scuba diving skills.
When I first started diving, I was using about 12 lbs. of lead to dive into the ocean. Now, any experienced/advanced PADI scuba diver will tell you that 12 lbs. is way too much lead for my weight. Over time, I got more certifications and did many more dives. I made a goal to try to reduce my weights by 1lb. on each dive. Over time, I became very streamlined and was able to cut 10 lbs. Yes, I was diving with way too much weight. How did that impact my performance under water? I would get tired faster and would utilize way more air than I needed to on my dives. It took me about a year to get to this level but that is the power of the compound effect. The same effect can be applied to our fitness journey.
Many people will quit or complain that the programs do not work. These people fail to realize the power of the Compound Effect. If you stay consistent with your workouts and nutrition, you will see great success. But it will not happen overnight. It will take effort and consistency. The same thing applies to how we get out of shape. Sure, that one donut won’t hurt you much today. But make that a habit and over time, the compound effect will work negatively for YOU. Make conscious decisions and make the compound effect work for you. Stay on track and you will reap the results! Stay committed team!