Small Actions, Huge Results

“Progressive improvement beats delayed perfection.” Mark Twain
Today I worked with a high growth organization and we played “The Leadership Game.” I love playing this game because it addresses important questions that many times aren’t addressed and opens up communication and deeper thinking.

One of my favorite questions in the game is, “What is one habit that if you started today, would make a huge impact for your business in a 1-2 years?”  

It’s an important question because it emphasizes a long-term goal coupled with a daily actionable solution.

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.

Whether it be business growth, sales, fitness, or anything else; most of us crave immediate results.

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.” Dave Ramsey

This principle holds true for just about anything in life.

Books like “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson and “The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy highlight the importance of seemingly unimportant daily actions resulting in huge long-term gains.

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?

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 attained their desired results.

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 one 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, successful people work hard and make consistent SMALL smart decisions every day. They make choices that may seem irrelevant at the time, but over the course of months and years add up to huge benefits.

Here are some small daily actions I see successful people make.

  • They read a personal development book for 15 minutes 
  • They make 5 new business contacts every day
  • They get up a half hour earlier 
  • They take the time to greet someone with a smile 
  • They spend 30 minutes working out 
  • They take time to learn from others 
  • They take time to reflect on each day

None of these choices will make you an overnight success. In fact, most people won’t notice anything right way.  That’s why creating and keeping positive habits is so challenging; and it’s also why it’ so important.

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