Minor adjustments to a person’s life, when practiced consistently over time, can have a longer lasting effect on quality of life than a major change that lasts only a brief period. The effects can be negative or positive.
Finding the changes that must be made to create a lasting, positive impact requires visualizing the kind of person someone wants to be in the long term and deciding what must be learned, what habits must be broken, and what routines must be established to reach that goal.
To experience long term change from the Compound Effect, people must adopt the attitudes of gratitude, positivity about qualities of the self, and personal responsibility for everything that happens.
Most people are unaware of the habits they have formed and the impact of those habits on their lives. Instead of making decisions based on habit, people should be active participants in decision making.
Creating the needed momentum for small changes to have a big impact requires establishing daily rituals, weekly and monthly rhythms, and tracking systems to check routines for consistency.
Controlling the influence of negative news media and pessimistic friends while consuming self-affirming media and associating with high achieving friends cultivates positive creativity.
The motivation to pursue a goal for the long term must be deeply held, but does not need to be noble.
Achievers find their metaphorical wall of limitation and push beyond it, always aspiring to more than is expected of them