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Middle Aged (35-54)
North American (General)
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why small habits make a big difference. It is so easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of making small improvements on a daily basis. Too often, we convince ourselves that massive success requires massive action, whether it is losing weight, building a business, writing a book, winning a championship or achieving any other goal. We put pressure on ourselves to make some earth shattering improvement that everyone will talk about. Meanwhile Improving by 1% isn't particularly notable. Sometimes it isn't, it isn't even noticeable, but it can be far more meaningful, especially in the long run. The difference a tiny improvement can make over time is astounding. Here is how the math works out. If you can get 1% better each day for one year, You will end up 37 times better by the time you're done. Conversely, If you get 1% worse each day for one year, you will decline nearly down to zero. What starts as a small win or a minor setback accumulates into something much more habits. Are the compound interest of self improvement? The same way that money multiplies through compound interest. The effects of your habit multiply as you repeat them. This seemed to make little difference in any given date and yet the impact the deliver over the months and the years can be enormous. It is only when looking back to five or perhaps 10 years later that the value of good habits and the cost of bad ones becomes strikingly apparent. This can be a difficult concept to appreciate in daily life. We often dismiss small changes because they don't seem to matter very much in the moment. If you save a little money now, you're still not a millionaire. If you go to the gym three days in a row, you're still out of shape. If you study mandarin for for an hour tonight, you still haven't learned that language. We make a few changes, but the results never seem to come quickly and so we slide back into our previous routines. Unfortunately, the slow pace of transformation also makes it easy to let a bad habit slide. If you eat an unhealthy meal today, the scale doesn't move much. If you work late tonight and ignore your family, they'll forgive you. If you procrastinate and put your project off until tomorrow, there'll still be time to finish it later. A single decision is easy to dismiss, But when we repeat 1% errors day after day by replicating poor decisions, duplicating tiny mistakes and rationalizing little excuses our small choices compound into toxic results. It's the accumulation of many missteps. 1% decline here and there. That eventually leads to a problem
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