I had ordered a book through Amazon awhile ago. Yes I am old school and still like the feel of the book in my hand. In any event, when I ordered that book, it said this was a commonly paired book and I figured what the heck. I am so grateful I did. I highly recommend it to everyone. Reading it now also pairs nicely with Lent.
The premise of the book is that little actions, whether good or bad, repeated daily lead to big results. If you eat a little bad EVERY day, then you will gain weight. Whereas, if you eat a little better each day, you will lose weight. The Compound Effect.
I think what really hit home and really got me into this book were a couple of key paragraphs within the first two chapters because I easily could relate them to my life.
- "I bet your grandparents worked six days a week, from sunup to sundown, using the skills they learned in their youth and repeatedly throughout their entire life. They knew the secret was hard work, discipline, and good habits."
- "Don't try to fool yourself into believing that a mega-successful athlete didn't live through regular bone-crushing drills and thousands of hours of practice. He got up early to practice - and kept practicing long after all the others had stopped. He faced the sheer agony and frustration of the failure, loneliness, hard work, and disappointment it took to become No. 1."
I have decided that this Lent is going to be the start of my personal Compound Effect. Spiritually, Mentally and Physically. I have joined Unicorn's Church group for their Lenten Busy Lives Lenten Retreat. I am excited to have the extra accountability this season. Hopefully you will join me this Lenten season making small changes to create a Compound Effect that can carry on long after lent. Remember, it only takes 21 days to form a habit and lent...well it's longer than that!
Part of the Spiritual commitment I made were the following Amendable Commitments:
- One Diet Coke a day
- No Pasta - sadly this is my go to dinner as of late, pasta noodles, parmesan cheese a little butter...definitely cheep and easy but no nutritional value and in no way diabetic friendly.
- No Sunflower seeds - my weekend addiction
- Morning prayers before my feet hit the ground
- Rosary once daily - currently I just do it the days I travel to work.
- Evening prayers before bed.
- Attend Stations of the Cross at least twice during Lent
- Limit Cell Phone games to 1 hour.