Thursday, July 31

BOOK REPORT 01 // The Compound Effect

I am so excited to start a new series here on the blog called "Book Report". I have a personal goal to read 30 PD books this year and I thought it would be fun to share my thoughts on each book once I'd finished and then GIVE A COPY AWAY to one of you beloved readers. Because readers are leaders! Am I right? What better book to start with than The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. 

Mr. Hardy was the keynote speaker at Beachbody's Coach Summit this last summer and it was so incredibly inspiring to get to hear and see him live talking about these principles. He is brilliant and dynamic and made me cry and I respect his wisdom so much. I'm not the only one though! This summer Beachbody GIFTED a copy of his book to every single coach who hit Success Club (a monthly achievement you can earn as a coach just by helping other people to get started on the road to healthier habits) a copy of the book. So in the spirit of Darren Hardy love, I figured this was the perfect book to start with. Let's dive in!

CORE IDEAS: This book is about success and how to achieve it. The core principle is that lots of little habitual right steps consistently over time will bring about more success than a few big steps in a short period of time. Hard work, habit, belief, consistency, momentum... these are the keys to success via the compound effect
WHO SHOULD READ IT: Anyone who is chasing down goals, anyone stuck in a rut, anyone who is self employed, anyone who wants to be successful at their dreams, anyone who is not sure why they are working so hard and not seeing results.

"If you were given a choice between taking $3 million in cash this very instant and a single penny that doubles in value every day for 31 days, which would you choose? Let's say you take the cash and your friend goes the penny route. On Day Five your friend has sixteen cents. You however have $3 million. On Day 10, it's $5.12 versus your big bucks. After 20 full days with only 11 days left, Penny Lance has only $5243. How is she feeling about herself at this point? For all her sacrifice and positive behavior she has barely more than $5,000. You however have $3 million. Then the invisible magic of the Compound Effect starts to become visible. The same small mathematical growth improvement each day makes the compounded penny worth $10,737, 418.24 on Day Thirty-one. more than three times your $3 million. In this example we see why consistency over time is so important."

"It doesn't matter how smart you are or aren't, you need to make up in hard work what you lack in experience, skill, intelligence, or innate ability. If your competitor is smarter, more talented, or experienced, you jut need to work three or four times as hard. You can still beat them."

"Losing is a habit. So is winning."

"Your choices are only meaningful when you connect them to your desires and dreams."

"When you start thinking about slacking off on your routines and rhythms, consider the massive cost of inconsistency. Consistency is the key to achieving massive momentum."

"We become the combined average of the five people we hang around the most."

"If you are a runner, you know the experience. You get to the goal you set for yourself that day, and you're feeling the burn, you're at your wall, but you go a little farther, a little longer. This 'little longer' is really a massive expansion of your limits. You have multiplied the results of that single run."

So here's the deal, pin the top image for a chance to win! Or you can share this blog post on Facebook (make sure to tag me so I see you! @beckarobinson or @bettertogetherfitnessproject) At the end of the weekend I'll collect all the names who shared and pick one to win! Check back in on Monday to see if you won and claim your prize!!! (Notebook and pen not included.) And you know, if you want to add me as your free coach, that won't hurt either. I'll give you an extra entry into the drawing! 

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