The basic idea is that small improvements in your life can have enormous impact down the line, even if they don’t make an impact straight away. However, that’s also where it becomes tricky:
“For your choices to compound, you need to be consistent. A lack of consistency keeps ordinary people from extraordinary results.”
This is also to what James Clear writes in his book Atomic Habits. He notes that we’re living in a world of delayed-returns. Our actions today don’t always have an impact tomorrow. You won’t get fit from going to the gym once.
“If you want results, you need to be willing to pay the price. The price is both easier than you imagine and harder than you think. The price is consistently doing the small choices that put you on the path to success for years. The price is knowing that time is working on your side even when the results don’t show it … yet.”
If you get 1% better at something each day, you’ll be 37 times better after 1 year. This is the power of compounding interest.
So here’s a question for you: what small steps can you make every day to improve your life? What changes do you want let compound day after day?