The Compound Effect Summary

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1. 1-Sentence-Summary:

1.1. The Compound Effect will show you why big, abrupt changes rarely work and how you can change your life over time with the power of small, daily steps, a routine that builds momentum and the courage to break through your limits when you reach them.

2. Favorite quote from the author:

2.1. "You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine." - Darren Hardy

3. 3 lessons:

3.1. When you come up with a new life goal, immediately turn it into a daily habit.

3.1.1. Change is always a function of time and with human behavior, it’s a linear one. If you don’t put a lot of time into a change you want to make, it won’t stick.

3.1.2. The moment you come up with a new life goal, instantly turn it into a tiny, daily habit you can practice.

3.1.2.1. For example, if you want to eat healthy, switch your after-lunch-Snickers for an apple.

3.1.2.2. If you want to become a writer, start writing 250 words a day.

3.1.2.3. And if you finally want to meet someone to fall in love with, send a message to one person every day.

3.1.3. Finding the right habit isn't easy. It’ll take some experimentation, but once you find something you can manage on a daily basis, that’s when it gets interesting.

3.2. Create a routine which you can stick to, so you won’t lose your momentum.

3.2.1. Only when you can do your habit consistently can you make it part of the routine you need to increase your momentum.

3.2.2. Momentum is a principle from physics, and the reason a snowball, which rolls down a hill, keeps getting bigger and bigger.

3.2.2.1. As it gets faster, it picks up more snow, which makes it bigger, which in turn makes it faster.

3.2.3. This kind of self-reinforcing cycle also applies to human behavior.

3.2.3.1. The more good habits you accumulate, the more good decisions you’ll make, until it becomes really easy to choose what’s right.

3.2.3.2. Chances are, you’ll feel unstoppable at some point, because you’ve got the Big Mo (big momentum) on your side.

3.2.4. Because of the way momentum works, the hardest part is to get it going in the first place.

3.2.5. That’s why initially, you should focus on creating a routine you can consistently show up for – even if you’re not making it all the way through.

3.2.5.1. For example, going to the gym three times a week for three weeks in a row, even if you cut your workout short the first two times, is a lot better than trying to go five times a week and missing half of your sessions altogether.

3.2.6. Keep showing up until your habit clicks into a routine.

3.3. Use your momentum to push through limits as you hit them, even if you have to trick yourself at first.

3.3.1. The goal of having a good routine going is that you’ll have momentum when you need it the most: the first time you hit a limit.

3.3.2. At some point, you’ll stop losing weight, you won’t be able to run faster, or your blog posts won’t get any better.

3.3.3. That’s when you can capitalize on all the power you’ve built up so far and use it to just smash through such a metaphorical wall – even if it means bending the truth a bit.

3.3.3.1. For example, when Arnold Schwarzenegger hit weight lifting limits, he’d lean back a bit to activate more muscle groups, get some support and add five to six reps to his sets.

3.3.3.2. “Cheats” like these aren’t shortcuts – they’re detours.

3.3.4. In the case of losing weight, you could just have water for dinner for a few days, for running pick a route that’s less steep than usual and for writing write an extra page that’s about a different topic.

3.3.5. Finding tweaks like these to make your momentum work for you will allow you to push past your limits faster, thus create even more momentum and make the compound effect stronger.

4. What else can you learn from the blinks?

4.1. Why instantaneous results are unhealthy

4.2. The benefits of losing weight slower

4.3. How to get the “Law of Attraction” to work for you

4.4. What Michael Phelps’s coach did to get Big Mo on his side

4.5. A challenge you can take to prove yourself you’re the boss of your own life

5. Who would I recommend The Compound Effect summary to?

5.1. The 22 year old, whose New Year’s resolution to quit smoking failed this year, the 43 year old tech manager, who’s trying to get his gym habit back up again, but keeps missing his workouts, and anyone who’s currently figuring out how to level up one of their habits.