I read a lot of business and personal development books and magazines as part of my own continuing education. This holiday’s read of “The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy has delivered one hell of a “Aha’ moment and I am already well into following through on my “Weekly Rhythm Register”.
In simple terms, it’s all about being a game changer by breaking down bad habits and rebuilding new ones to support the choices that you want with your life. The concept, exactly like that of compound interest taught in school, is that repetitive and consistent behaviour, continual investment in self and a daily focus on goal generating activities will ultimately lead to increased momentum and success over time whether it be in relation to health, achieving improved work/life balance, relationships with your partner, financial or business success.
I have 3 children aged 8,6 and 3, I moved to Australia 11 years ago and apart from an incredibly supportive husband, I don’t have any immediate family around me to help with the juggling act of play dates, after-school activities, school pick up / drop off, homework etc. I also choose to fit two businesses and one philanthropic fund into this already busy weekly schedule. Needless to say, some mornings are just….well, let’s not go there.
Over the last couple of weeks, I have adopted Darren Hardy’s technique of bookending my days by establishing a routine so that my days start and end in the same way leaving me feeling inspired, positive, thankful and focused. “To reach new goals and develop new habits, it’s necessary to create new routines to support your objectives” – Darren Hardy
I won’t bore you with all the changes I have made but as an example, this is how my mornings now go:
5.30a.m. – Wake up
5.30-5.45a.m. – Think about what I am grateful for. Acknowledge all I have. Visualize my big picture goals. Review my vision board. Think through the 3 big goals for the day that I set the night before.
5.45- 6a.m. – Stretch & sit-ups
6 – 6.30a.m 30 minutes reading of inspirational material
6.30 – 7a.m. Get ready for work before the children wake at 7 a.m and the kitchen café opens for the breakfast run
These very small changes are already making a significant difference to my day, easing my morning stresses and establishing a success mindset; one of being in control of myself.
To quote Darren “It takes very little extra to be EXTRAordinary…look for the multiplier opportunities where you can go a little further, push yourself a little harder….Find as many opportunities for “WOW”, and the level and speed of your accomplishments will astonish you”.
Go on – give it a go!