Have you ever felt as if you don’t have the time to do something? Or mindlessly grabbed that not so healthy snack in the afternoon? Or plopped down in front of the TV finding yourself there hours later? Or ever wondered how yet another year flew by and you still haven’t started that project you really wanted to get going on?
We’ve all been there! I know I have.
We tend to live in the now, which is a good thing! But too much living in the now and not thinking of how that affects us long-term can have some not so great consequences.
In this short training video I’m talking about how what we do today matters a lot more than we think.
- What we do today accumulates either in a good way or in a not so good way.
- On average Americans spend 5 hours a day actively watching TV, yet they say they don’t have time to read, exercise or work on things they say they want to work on like writing a book.
- Two hours a day adds up to over 700 hours in a year. How would your life change if you used that for something that moved your life forward?
- The Power of 15 accumulates to over 91 hours in a year. If you do something for 15 minutes a day, like reading a personal development book that could be a game changer.
- Books mentioned: Mindset by Carol Dweck and The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. Must reads! (Link goes to Amazon which if you purchase these books through that link may result in me making a few cents. As always I only recommend books I have personally read and think are awesome! I appreciate your support.)
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Full transcript of video:
Hi everyone it’s Camilla. It’s Friday and it’s beautiful outside and I quickly wanted to to jump on live and talk about something that I’m super passionate about and that is called accumulative effect.
So what is accumulative effect? Well, what you do today matters in the long run. I always use this example about accumulative effect. If you eat a candy bar today, yeah not a big deal right? It’s about 200 calories and takes about an hour to walk off. We all need to have some fun. We all need to have a candy bar once in awhile but what happens if you eat that candy bar every single day for a year?
Well, if you eat a candy bar every single day for an entire year that accumulative effect becomes about 73,000 not so good calories for you and it becomes about an extra 21 pounds of weight. Plus it takes about an hour to walk off that a candy bar.
Quickly going to say hi to some of you on here. Nice to see you! Hi Anders. I think I saw April join too so thank you for joining. We’re talking about accumulative effect and what you do today matters. How that can accumulate either in a good way or in a bad way so my example is about what a candy bar can do.
Over the long run that becomes a disaster right? So if you do that negative thing every single day for an entire year then not so good results.
How could you use accumulative effect to work for you? Well, let’s say that you turn off your TV for an hour a day. On average Americans spend about, and I don’t know what it is another countries, have to check that, I hope they don’t get on the American bandwagon. On average Americans spend almost five hours a day actively watching TV!!! And usually it’s not such good stuff. It’s kind of the crap and all that negative stuff, soap operas and different things like that.
What if you cut one hour out and spent that hour reading a personal development book? What could you do with that extra hour? How will that accumulate in a good way? Well, if you read a personal development book for an hour a day for an entire year you will have read on average about 91 personal development books. Whoa right? That’s like insane!
Most people say “I don’t have time to read a book” and I go “I don’t have time to read a book that can change my life?” I’m like that’s total BS! I usually say it a little stronger than that, but it’s like if you want to change and improve your life and do something better with it you can find time.
What would that hour mean to you if you invested that hour in a hyper-focus way to your business? How would that change your life if you exercised an hour a day? How would that change your life if you used that hour to spend time with friends and family? If you studied something?
So many people, I think it’s over ninety percent of people want to write a book and they never write their book as they don’t have the time. Well, take that hour, what would happen if you wrote for an hour a day or even if you use what I call the Power of 15. The Power of 15 means that if you do something for 15 minutes a day that accumulates to over 91 hours in a year.
Hi Paula, who says that’s awesome advice, accumulate good micro movements. Yes, those little pivot can really make it a big difference. I mean if you spend 15 minutes a day doing something that accumulates over 91 hours in a year pretty significant. And most people go I don’t have time to exercise. If you exercise 15 minutes a day that accumulates over an hour and a half in a week.
If you read for 15 minutes a day every single day for an entire year you will have read between, depending on how fast you read and the thickness of the book about 12 to 15 personal development books. Life-changing! I remember reading If you haven’t read Mindset by Carol Dweck it’s a must read. It changed my life. It was a total game changer.
One book can totally change your life so if you want to improve your life. If you want excel your life, if you want to have a better life, you want to learn something, not only do you need to get into the mindset of a child and say ah, I want to learn again. Because here’s the thing none of us knew how to walk, none of us knew how to bike, or you know do anything. We had to learn those things and that’s the same thing with us as adults.
If we want to improve our lives, we want to become better at something, we need to study. But often we go don’t have the time right? So we got to find the time. But that’s the accumulative effect. It can either go negative so if you spend five hours a day watching TV or even two hours a day watching TV what does that accumulate into? Okay so now you going to have to do the math on that. Okay so 365 days help me out here. Seven hundred and some freaking hours.
Okay little over 700 hours in a year if you spend two hours a day watching TV or being down the rabbit hole of social media! What could you do with those over 700 hours in a year if you invested that into something different? Because that accumulates so if you’re watching TV two hours a day what do you get out of that long term?
I just had a fantastic sushi lunch with someone remarkable. Big thinker and he was talking about the book Multiplier and how you can either multiply it or not. That’s again the accumulative. You accumulate something good or you can detract. So what in your life are you going to accumulate into something good?
Like I said if you eat a candy bar every single day for a year that adds about 21 pounds of weight to you. Not so good. It’s pretty much a disaster. So if you think about those kind of things, that what you do today, and you say I don’t feel like exercising today, I’m so tired, I don’t feel like doing that, if you think okay if I don’t exercise today not a big deal. If I don’t exercise every single day for the remainder of the year what kind of effect will that have? So now you’re like oh yeah that wouldn’t have such good effect so now you get a little bit motivated to actually get your ass out the door and go exercise.
And also those kind of things if you’re watching TV for two hours a day and you say well if I watch TV today for two hours not a big deal but if I do that for every single day for an entire year how does that affect my life? And that you definitely go it’s not going to have a good effect right?
I want to see what Danielle says: 2 hours a day of TV maybe alone can get you away. Seriously! Yeah I mean it’s just that. Thank you Danielle so good to see you. And she said you know you choose what you do with your life.
And you can change your life by thinking accumulative effect. You can also think about it compounded interest. I like to call it accumulative effect. But how does that accumulate? What you do today builds on itself.
Hi John, nice to see you. It builds on itself and it makes you want to do more. Exactly so you can either go in an upward trajectory or you can go in a downward trajectory.
Jeff Olson has a fantastic book called the Slight Edge. Fantastic book so if you haven’t read it read it. Mindset by Carol Dweck is a must read. Read the Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. He talks about how you can create an upward slope of your life where things are going upward or you can mess it up by going downward. So that’s how people kind of fail because they do things that negatively impacts they do things that negatively impacts wanted to put that into your mind.
Think about what you do today and how that affects you going forward. And you say how would my activity or my not doing this activity affect me going forward if I did this every single day? And that’s a great way to motivate yourself because you like, I don’t feel like exercising and don’t feel like doing this, I don’t feel like doing my taxes, I don’t feel like doing this at all.
How would that affect me if I continue doing that every single day and is that the results you want?
Anyhow I just wanted to pop in for a very quick live video today. I am going to head over to my entrepreneur group that starting in about 10 minutes. But it’s so good to see you all! Hi Danielle. Hi John. I saw Stu on there. I saw some other people in there too. Thank you for jumping on and as always if you have any questions post them below and I can answer them. And hop on my blog No More Hamster Wheel for more info. I’ll be linking a post I actually wrote about this a couple years ago, so I’ll post in the comments below so you can read it too.
But think about what you do today and how that affects you going forward long term. I hope that helps. Bye everyone!