Today Vs. Tomorrow (2.0)
“Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”
We often will repeat workouts to test progress physically. I am re-posting this blog to do the same mentally and emotionally. Last written Dec 7th 2014.
If you took a bite of that pizza and immediately fell to the ground with a heart attack you probably wouldn’t go back for that 2nd bite.
If the next puff of that cigarette instantly mutated your face into withered 85 year old, chances are you would pass on that too.
And if that 1st fork full of cake instantly put 50 pounds on your frame, saying “Ahh no thank you” to dessert would be a true ‘piece of cake’.
Have You Said Or Heard Someone Else Say?
“I know what I need to do. Why can’t I just do it?”
Mann, if I got a nickel for every time someone asked me that…
Here’s The Problem.
The payoff for the instant gratification derived from the bad habits far outweighs what is going on in your rationale minds concerning long term consequences. Because indulging in our bad habits doesn’t seem to have any negative affects going on ‘in the moment’.
We don’t have that heart attack.
Because our face doesn’t shrivel up.
And our thighs don’t become instantly thunderous.
But There Is a BIGGER Problem! Aka ‘The Compound Effect’
The Compound Effect (highly recommend this book) is the principle of reaping huge rewards from a series of small, smart choices. Our present reality is an outcome of the little, seemingly innocuous decisions that have added up to your current bank balance, waist line, business success, relationship status, etc.
Consider this your friendly slap in the face to wake up and realize the habits you indulge in could be compounding your life into repeated disaster.
Good News! There is Good News.
The GOOD NEWS is the Compound Effect can work in your favor with Good Habits just as effective (actually more) by making the slightest adjustments to your daily routines can dramatically alter the outcomes in your life.
I Challenge You.
Today, when faced with a choice, first ask yourself this question:
“What would happen if I did this EVERY DAY for the next year?” (Good or Bad Habit)
Would you still do it?
This is how you separate those habits that compound into good vs the habits that compound into disaster. I challenge you, just for today, to ask yourself that question before every choice you take.
Post to the comments what choice you came up with and tell us about it.
The O-Board Says…
Reverse Deficit Lunges
*500 m Row after rounds*
Post by Chris; @cmoknows