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10X Your Results, One Tiny Action at a Time (The Power of Incremental Progress)

Seth Godin

“The thing is, incremental daily progress (negative or positive) is what actually causes transformation. A figurative drip, drip, drip. Showing up, every single day, gaining in strength, organizing for the long haul, building connection, laying track — this subtle but difficult work is how culture changes.”

Seth Godin

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10X Your Results, One Tiny Action at a Time (The Power of Incremental Progress)

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The problem with big goals

... is that they can be intimidating. They can paralyze you into inaction.

The big picture can be overwhelming, but in little parts, it seems achievable. Every step forward brings you closer to a goal. Consistent action coupled with time guarantees lasting progress.

Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy

“An overnight success is ten years in the making.”

There are no “overnight successes”

There are no quick hacks that bring faster results.

Every incredibly successful person you know today has been through the boring, mundane, time-tested process that eventually brings success. 

Seth Godin

Seth Godin

“The thing is, incremental daily progress (negative or positive) is what actually causes transformation. A figurative drip, drip, drip. Showing up, every single day, gaining in strength, organizing for the long haul, building connection, laying track — this subtle but difficult work is how culture changes.”

Lasting progress

Many people underestimate the power of incremental progress. They think they have to take massive action to achieve anything significant.

Radical change doesn’t stick. Lasting progress is incremental.

Small things add up

Small, Smart Choices + Consistency + Time = RADICAL DIFFERENCE

Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn

“Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals.”

Be consistent

Consistency and a series of purposeful actions will transform the way you work and hone in your chosen craft.

Instead of focusing on the outcome, concentrate on your small actions. Narrows your focus to a few minutes or hours of work on your goal, rather than looking at the goal as one big step or achievement.

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Wanting everything at once

Most people want to change themselves completely. The problem is wanting to do everything at once.

Because this intense motivational boost can backfire — you shift from over-enthusiasm...

Success

It is a byproduct of self-discipline — it requires a method, not just a positive attitude.

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