The Compound Effect — Which One Are You?
Alex Reid here with your Monday roundup.
Small, frequent actions yield big, long-term results.
That’s the compound effect.
I love the example Darren Hardy gives in the book The Compound Effect.
He shares a story about three different guys. They are the same age, live similar lifestyles, and have comparable health conditions.
But they begin to change (almost unnoticeably)...
Guy #1 cuts back on his daily calorie intake just slightly.
Guy #2 increases his intake by a small amount.
Guy #3 doesn’t do anything differently at all.
What started off as almost insignificant changes… had shocking results.
Guy #1 lost weight, was more productive, got a job promotion, and excelled in life.
Guy #2 gained weight, became lazy and sluggish, his marriage was on the rocks, and he hated life.
Guy #3 was the status-quo. Nothing terrible happened… but nothing great either.
Which guy are you?
Everything we do has some type of impact on our future.
And that is especially true for our health.
In a recent study, University College London researchers learned that repetitive negative thinking could increase your risk of getting sick…
And I’m not just talking about the common cold or the flu…
We’re talking about Alzheimer's disease.
Lead author Dr. Natalie Marchant (UCL Psychiatry) said:
Depression and anxiety in mid-life and old age are already known to be risk factors for dementia. Here, we found that certain thinking patterns implicated in depression and anxiety could be an underlying reason why people with those disorders are more likely to develop dementia.
Taken alongside other studies, which link depression and anxiety with dementia risk, we expect that chronic negative thinking patterns over a long period of time could increase the risk of dementia. We do not think the evidence suggests that short-term setbacks would increase one's risk of dementia.
We hope that our findings could be used to develop strategies to lower people's risk of dementia by helping them to reduce their negative thinking patterns.
You can always read about the study’s specs right here, but here is what you can do starting NOW.
If your mind always drifts towards all things negative, today decide that you want a fresh new outlook.
Most people become negative, irritable, and easily frustrated because they aren’t practicing healthy self-care.
Here are some basic things you can start doing right now to shift your mindset…
- Exercise 30 minutes a day.
- Enjoy nature and the sunshine.
- Meditate/pray in the morning.
- Channel frustration into something constructive (write a book, run a 5K, paint).
- Drink your water.
- Get good rest at night.
Now this might sound simple… and you’re right. It is.
But that’s what makes the compound effect so dangerous and amazing at the same time.
It’s so easy to fall in and out of habits.
Remember, the compound effect is always working…
Only you can decide if you want it to work for or against you.
To your health,
President, Longevity Insider HQ
P.S. When I want to keep a clear mind… there’s a mushroom I like to use every morning. It helps me focus and remember things more efficiently. Here’s some helpful research on it.