Friday, April 22, 2016

The Power of Incremental Growth

Photo by Eli Duke
Yesterday I wrote about momentum.  Today, I would like to carry that theme on a little more, but with a different nuance.  I want to focus on you specifically today.  We are almost one-third of the way through this 2016 calendar year.  We know a lot of people start the year with New Years Resolutions.  We also know most people abandon their resolutions before the first month is finished.

Let me remind you once again about incremental changes on a daily consistent basis and the long term effects of such actions.  We start the new year and expect miraculous results in the first month, but when those results don’t happen and we start to realize just how much work is required to pull off the goal, we quit.  What would happen, however, if you committed to continual on going growth and improvement?  I watched a video the other day that shows the power of daily incremental change.  Here is the link to the video:

This man at the beginning of his transformation could not even do the exercises.  At the end of the video, the man is completely changed.  We will have times in which we won’t be able to do something, but if we won’t quit, we will see incredible change.  This kind of thinking makes me ask the question, on what have you given up?  Is there any area of your life that you under estimated the value of incremental growth?  Did you stop before you actually got to the place of momentum?  Let me challenge you to press on daily.

The specific area of your focus is not as important as the daily work.  In other words, do you wish to quit smoking?  Are you desirous to lose weight?  Are you wanting to start a new business adventure?  Is there a ministry the Lord is calling you to?  Again, the subject is not key.  The daily intentional work is what is of importance.

Look to the future and describe what the end will look and feel like.  Find out your “why” as in why do you need to change in this specific area.  Then work yourself backwards and go back far enough to were you discover what the very first step is.  It could be something as simple as writing out your vision or goal with your “why” explicitly stated.  Then do it.  The next day, write out what is of second importance and then do it.  Keep this pattern up and before you know it you will have momentum on your side.  You will complete your objective and will be amazed at how good you will feel.  So, press on and do the good work and let momentum take you to the end of your journey.

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