Here is an except from the book where Hardy summarizes the main point:
You get into the groove, the “zone,” by doing the things we’ve covered so far:
- Making new choices based on your goals and core values
- Putting those choices to work through new positive behaviors
- Repeating those healthy actions long enough to establish new habits
- Building routines and rhythms into your daily disciplines
- Staying consistent over a long enough period of time
Then Momentum Kicks In.
Number 4 & 5 are the steps the really start to propel your momentum. First, putting together a daily routine that incorporates your new habits is essential. Don’t try to just rely on hoping that you will remember to do something – make it part of a routine. Then after you’ve nailed down a routine that works for you – BE CONSISTENT. Its one thing to stick to a routine for a week or two, but if you can really stick with it for 3 weeks, you’ve officially created a habit. So be consistent for the long haul and then you will start to see how the compound effect can take what you are doing and create exponential results.
“A daily routine built on good habits and discipline separates the most successful among us from everyone else. A routine is exceptionally powerful.”
For the last two sections – Influences and Acceleration, I have kept it brief and just written my notes from when first reading the book.
Everyone is affected by three kinds of influences: input (what you feed your mind), associations (the people with whom you spend time), and environment (your surroundings).
1. INPUT: Garbage In, Garbage Out
- Don’t drink “dirty water”
- Stand Guard
- Go on a media diet
- Audiobooks, podcasts in the Car
2. ASSOCIATIONS: Who’s Influencing You
- Limited Associations
- Expanded Associations
- Find a Peak-Performance Partner
- Invest in Mentorship
- Develop own Personal Board of Advisors
Never ask advice of someone with whom you wouldn’t want to trade places.
3. ENVIRONMENT: Changing Your View Changes Your Perspective
- Each and every incomplete thing in your life exerts a draining force on you, sucking the energy of accomplishment and success out of you as surely as a vampire stealing your blood. Think about what you can complete today.
Do The Unexpected:
If you have a cause or ideal worthy of attention, do what it takes, even the unexpected, to make your case heard. Add a little audacity to your repertoire.
Do Better Than Expected:
Find the line of expectation and then exceed it.
Know Your Moments of Truth – and then persevere and move forward.
The Compound Effect is a great book that provides a roadmap for creating success in whatever area of life you are wanting. It provides concrete steps to make small changes in your everyday life that will alter your trajectory. So instead of being overwhelmed by all the things you “should be doing” – just focus on the small changes that you can make and over time, you’ll see a huge difference in your results.
As I mentioned previously in Part 1, this quote from Hardy sum’s it all up nicely:
“Your only path to success is through a continuum of mundane, unsexy, unexciting, and sometimes difficult daily disciplines compounded over time. Know, too, that the results, the life, and the lifestyle of your dreams can be yours when you put the Compound Effect to work for you.”