Have you ever been asked this question?
“Do you think you will be better off in five years?”
If you have I bet a lot of us have answered in the affirmative.
For some reason we automatically think that our lives will have improved 5 years from now. And this is certainly a positive way to think.
The question is are you better of now than you were five years ago?
I hope that you are.
But I suspect that a large percentage of people are in the same place today than they were five years ago.
And why is that?
Well a lot of us are doing the same things day in and day out. We follow the same routines, and have the same habits that we always have had.
And most of the time this does not lead to improvements in ours lives.
If you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you will keep on getting what you’ve always got.
So let’s say that you want to make some improvements in your life.
Maybe it’s your relationships, or your bank account, or your health. It doesn’t matter. We set some big goal and manage to get motivated and off we go. And then a few weeks later we are back where we started.
Maybe what we need to do is just try to improve a tiny bit. Even super small improvements can lead to success. The key to this is to make these small improvements every day.
These small gains will add up to remarkable improvement in the area that you need to improve upon.
It’s so easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of making better decisions on a daily basis. Almost every habit that you have—good or bad—is the result of many small decisions over time. And yet, how easily we forget this when we want to make a change.
So often we convince ourselves that change is only meaningful if there is some large, visible outcome associated with it. Whether it is losing weight, building a business, traveling the world or any other goal, we often put pressure on ourselves to make some earth-shattering improvement that everyone will talk about.
I am always trying to eat better. I am addicted to sugar. Today I wanted ice cream. One day of ice cream does not matter but over time it adds up. Hell we all know this.
A coffee at the drive-thru doesn’t matter for one day. But over a month that is 100.00$ less in your bank account. Or a lot more of course.
If you want to be in a better place in a year or five then focus on the small daily improvements you can make to get you there.
They will add up to your success.