As I was wrapping up my reflections for 2020, I decided to sum up a couple of metrics pertaining to my personal growth / branding stuff - and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I had done over the year 2020!
Up to this point, I have:
Doesn’t sound like a lot, but it actually required lots of dedication, sacrifices and effort to pull off. I wouldn’t have it any other way though - I’ve learnt SO much through doing all of this, and am still getting lots of fulfillment out of it. I was really pleased at how far I had come since I posted my first ever blog post!
I’ve definitely grown since then.
We often convince ourselves that ‘improvement’ has to be this BIG visible instant change because what you see the ‘after’ results of an achievement. More often than not, what you don’t see are the incremental, (sometimes unnoticeable) changes that are happening behind the scenes.
Should I skip the gym? Should I eat that cookie? Should I binge on netflix or read that book? Hmmm..
These are the kind of thoughts that run through every one’s mind at some point of time, but remember - every small decision counts.
We are so used to instant gratification, that we’ve forgotten how to work through the (temporary) pain to reap the benefits. In anything you do, there will always be a grind, but once you get through it, the feeling of accomplishment is amazing! I always think about this when I’m halfway through a swim, and I’m incredibly tired and out of breath - but I keep moving forward, and once I’m done with my entire swim, the feeling is just GOLD. So I use this to remind myself constantly motivate myself when I’m in any grind!
In the beginning, there is basically no difference between making a choice that is 1 percent better or 1 percent worse. (In other words, it won’t impact you very much today.) But as time goes on, these small improvements or declines compound and you suddenly find a very big gap between people who make slightly better decisions on a daily basis and those who don’t.
If you get one percent better each day for one year, you’ll end up thirty-seven times better by the time you’re done!
I always knew about the power of compounding, but I’m keen to leverage it even more now to use it to my advantage!
Compound interest is the 8th wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it; he who doesn’t, pays it. - Albert Einstein
So keep going, and at every juncture, try to make the ‘right’ decision (even if it’s a difficult one) as much as possible, because the benefits you’ll reap in the long run will just be so good!
Let’s keep continuing to strive towards our goals 💪🏽!
Till next week!