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Guest Post: The Compound Effect

Are you going to eat that whole bag?

Stationary bike, elliptical machine and a treadmillHave you ever sat down to watch a program or read a book, and happened to bring along a large bag of your favorite snack food for company? If anyone asked, “Are you going to eat that whole bag?” Your response would be immediate. “No way! I’m not going to eat all that!” So you sat, and you watched, and you munched, and before you knew it, the book or program was at an end, and so was that bag of snacks. How did it happen? The answer is simple, yet powerful and complex. You started a habit, and you kept it up – one bite at a time. Let’s look at another possibility. You watched your program or read your book, but this time, you walked on a treadmill, pedaled a bike, or simply stretched during the commercials. When the book or program ended, you felt good, knowing you took time for yourself that was both healthy and enjoyable. In his book The Compound Effect, Darren Hardy powerfully illustrates the positive and negative results of compounding. He advocates that small, consistent steps can yield life-changing results. The compound effect was working when you started munching those snacks. Once started, keeping on that path of least resistance seemed easy and even pleasurable. If you do that too many times, you’ll see the negative results of the compound effect in the form of a higher number on the scale or clothes that don’t fit as comfortably as they once did. It was also at work when you chose to do some sort of activity. Do that enough times, and you will see results of the more positive variety. The beauty of the compound effect is that when you make small changes, you will see positive results over time. Maybe you decide to make one small positive change in your eating habits, or maybe you decide to incorporate a daily ten-minute walk into your routine. Stick with these changes long enough, and you will reap the benefits. How have you benefitted from the compound effect? We’d love to hear your comments.

8 thoughts on “Guest Post: The Compound Effect

  1. I do agree with this! I have incorporated these types of activities and see the benefits. Very good post! 🙂

    1. Thank you for your comment. I’ve noticed as I get older it’s more difficult to sustain those habits that are good for me but I rationalize it by continually trying.

      1. Trying is better than not trying! 🙂

  2. So…what’s wrong with eating the whole bag? LOL

    1. Hahaha my thoughts exactly 😉

  3. I find that if I have time in the morning, I use my treadmill while listening to the news.

    Sherri Rodgers

  4. I have broken that many habits yet I am still guilty of this one. Mindless eating, snacking when not hungry all through habit. I will get there I am sure but boy is it a difficult one….!

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