The Tipping Point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. – The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
Small changes are all it takes to create a huge difference in your life.
Picture yourself leaning back in a chair. There is a point, an angle of repose, that if you were to lean back any farther, you would fall on your back. This is also known as the Tipping Point – any process where beyond a certain point the rate at which the process proceeds, increases dramatically. This principle also applies to our lives.
Often times we see people who are successful and think, “Where was I when they were handing out those things”? We believe that they’ve been privy to better genes, more opportunities, or have been simply handed everything. We fall into the trap of thinking that they are lucky and somehow we’ve been shorthanded. However we fail to notice the constant energy, concentration, courage, and patience that determined their success. Their “luck” was nothing more than having prepared themselves to be ready for the opportunity when it came and staying awake to recognize it. In many cases this has been in small increments spread over a long period which finally reached its “critical mass” – causing abundance to flow into their lives.
Check out Steve Pavlina’s site statistics for a perfect example of this. I’ve read other blogs where people criticize him, or call his success an anomaly. They fail to see his daily efforts, minute ‘tweaks’, and patience that have caused the huge momentum that his site is enjoying today.
You are the sum of your choices. Think about that for a minute. Every choice that you have made so far in your life, has determined what you are at this moment. Take your health for example. Whether you are overweight or very fit is a function of the daily choices you’ve made up to this point. Those small choices – such as whether to exercise today, or have french fries instead of vegetables – spread over a period of time ultimately have determined your present level of health. Although difficult at first, I promise it will not always be a daily struggle.
There is a point that is reached when those initially difficult decisions become effortless. They become ingrained into your lifestyle and turn into habits. This is what I call a Tipping Point in your life. Once you overcome the initial inertia, there is an increase in velocity and what was previously arduous has now become presently effortless.
Pick something in your life that you would like to achieve. It could be to get in shape, improve a relationship, create passive income, land your dream job, anything. Now for the next 10 days, commit to make those daily moment-by-moment decisions that will lead you closer to that goal. Don’t be so concerned with the end goal. Keep it out there as a carrot but don’t get discouraged because it seems so far away. Instead concentrate on the next 10 days; Think of it as a 10-day experiment or challenge!
Why 10 days? Well, what I’ve noticed is that there seems to be a shift, a Tipping Point, that occurs by the 10th day. You’ve overcome that initial hump and now it’s noticeably easier. It’s not a true habit by any means (most people say that occurs after 30 days), but the effort required to make those daily decisions is greatly reduced. This is where it gets exciting. You begin to see the momentum pick up, it becomes self-reinforcing, until it is ingrained into your way of life. It becomes a habit!
As you try this, I would be very interested in hearing any of your 10-day experiments. I could dedicate a page just to this topic and we can help each other out!