I don’t know about you, but I am impatient. I want success now. I want results now. I want to make a huge difference today.
The reality is that big results come from making simple decisions every day. These small choices aren’t noticeable, but they are vital to our long-term success.
Be a crock pot, not a microwave.
I am currently reading “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson and this is at the core of the book. While reading it I can think from my own personal experience of how true this concept has been in my life and the life of others.
This principle holds true for just about anything in life.
For example, if you don’t brush your teeth tonight or tomorrow morning, other than some bad breath, you won’t notice a huge difference in the health of your teeth and gums. Now multiply that over several weeks, months, or even years. Can you say tooth decay?
This is also true in fitness or business.
We love to see the 90 day before and after pictures of someone who worked out 5 days a week and started to eat healthier. Often times, we are amazed. “Wow, look at that transformation.” Do you think they saw results on day 3, day 6, or even day 10? Except for some soreness, probably not. They made the daily commitment and over the course of time saw the results they were looking for.
In business, especially sales, we want to land the big account, the new client, or make the huge connection. Rarely does that happen with a simple phone call or drop-in. It takes time. Time to build credibility, time to build relationships, and time to build trust.
I always chuckle when people mock successful people. I often hear things like, “that must be nice,” “an overnight success,” or “how did they get so lucky?”
Here is a fact, although there may be a few exceptions, successful people work hard and make consistent SMALL smart decisions every day. They make choices that seem irrelevant at the time, but over the course of months and years add up to huge benefits.
Here are some small choices I see successful people make.
- They read a personal development book for thirty minutes vs. reading the paper
- They get up a half hour earlier to write vs. staying in bed
- They take the time to greet someone with a smile vs. putting their head down and walking past
- They spend 30-60 minutes working out vs. watching the latest sitcom
- They take time to learn from others vs. gossiping with their friends
None of these choices will make you an overnight success. In fact, most people won’t notice anything right way.
Over time though, these actions can transform lives.
We all have to make choices every single day. Some are more important than others. Big or small, every choice can and will make a difference in our lives.