In my recent 365 Days @36.5 Degrees blog, “Mistakes, Incremental Behavior Change, and Success”, I discussed how positive change (with the help of cold exposure!) comes incrementally. However, if you take the time occasionally to view your efforts from a 30,000 ft. view, your progress will look and feel greater because small daily improvements eventually look like massive change over time.
This blog serves as a warning! The opposite is true as well! Poor, seemingly small, decisions will create massive change, in the wrong direction, over time. So, take stock now.
How are the improvements you vowed to implement on January 1, 2021 looking right now? What (negative) incremental changes are you making?
“My diet has been great! One doughnut today won’t kill me.”
Maybe, maybe not. But now pay attention to how many times recently you decided one doughnut will not kill you.
Substitute “one doughnut” for “one missed workout”, “one extra beer”, “one day without setting priorities”, “one day without being present and in the moment with your family”, “one day without complimenting your spouse,” “one day without doing your cold exposure,” etc, etc, etc.
That’s it, quick and dirty!
Think about it because incremental change works just as effectively in the WRONG direction.
Now, go out there and take stock and get back on track TODAY!
Errol Doebler is the founder of Leader 193, a leadership consulting firm. After successful careers as a Navy SEAL Platoon Commander and FBI Special Agent, Errol founded Leader 193 to realize his passion of empowering great leaders and better human beings. Errol provides executive coaching, keynote speaking, and corporate retreats to individuals and teams across the world.