I’ve had a lot of fun playing around with the small ‘imperceptible’ changes approach.
A recent one I’ve enjoyed is increasing the number of times I take the stairs + how quickly I can get to the top of them.
Here’s how that worked.
Goal – to take 6 flights of stairs instead of the lift at least once per day + gradually build up to leap and bound across every step each and every time.
Now it’s not that I can’t do that already. I can, yet the habit of regularly doing that was just not as habituated as pressing the lift button!
Here’s what I did:
I’d start by taking all 6 flights one step at a time + repeat.
Cool got that down, next - I’ll take 6 flights again but take one double step on one of the flights + repeat.
Cool got that, next time all take 6 flights again but with two double steps over two flights + repeat.
I continued and just kept adding (one tiny tiny change) over time.
So fascinating. Recently hit a 20 minute high intensity run and absolutely crushed it with a personal best without even thinking about it.
The indirect incremental approach that was happening on those stairs.
Darren Hardy calls this ‘the compound effect’.
“The Compound Effect is the principle of reaping huge rewards from a series of small, smart choices. What’s most interesting about this process to me is that, even though the results are massive, the steps, in the moment, don’t feel significant. Whether you’re using this strategy for improving your health, relationships, finances, or anything else for that matter, the changes are so subtle, they’re almost imperceptible. These small changes offer little or no immediate result, no big win, no obvious I-told-you-so payoff. So why bother?”
“Small, Smart Choices + Consistency + Time = RADICAL DIFFERENCE.”
p.s. One step at a time repeatedly (with a pinch of stretch) will do it.