We tend to think greatness and big achievements come from huge effort and doing things that are hard to do. Actually, the effort and degree of difficulty it takes to achieve something significant is usually quite small… and easy. More important than the degree of effort, is the consistency of the small effort that’s put forth doing the things that are easy to do.
Suppose we have a goal of losing 20lbs. There is not Herculean effort you can make in one day that would enable you to lose those pounds. Instead, what’s required is doing things that are easy to do, and then doing them on a consistent basis over a period of time, like eating smaller portions, drinking fewer sugary beverages, and getting your heart rate up every day. These aren’t difficult things to do. In fact, they are rather easy! What we need is to do them every day and we are practically guaranteed to see results, as long as we are consistent.
The results may not come not come right away. In the beginning, it may not feel like your efforts are even making a difference. However, if we consistently do these easy things, we will begin to see results. Probably sooner than we think!
The problem is that these small things that are easy to do are also easy NOT to do. It’s easy not to exercise. It’s also easy not to have a glass of water, but to have a soda instead. The truth is that you won’t really notice if you exercise or not… at least today. However, after several months or years of drinking soda instead of water and failing to exercise, you will notice.
The point is that the things we need to do to cause something to happen that we desire in our lives, like lose weight, build wealth, start a business, or improve our relationships, are actually quite easy. They just need to be done consistently over a period of time.
What easy things do you need to begin doing consistently over time in order to take your life in the direction you want to go? What would you be able to achieve by doing so?
For more on this topic, I’d recommend reading The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. The concept and principles are so simple and so effective. We need only apply them to see significant results.