This past week, I received a direct message via my Instagram that immediately caught my attention. It was from a reader who stumbled on the blog and began reading through the past content. She came across one post in particular that instantly resonated with her.
The post she referred to was on the topic of compounding daily actions. Jeff Olsen discusses this technique at length in his book, The Slight Edge. The concepts in this book are powerful and will have a significant impact on what you are able to achieve with the time you have. The Slight Edge teaches us about the tremendous power of small actions when done repeatedly (and consistently).
Nikki, filled with inspiration after reading the Monday Motivation post, decided (that day) to listen to the Slight Edge audio book. Since then, nothing has ever been the same. The concepts in the book caused her to look at life a bit differently. "Every day I started doing something. Whether working out, researching for my future business, journaling or reading 10 pages of a book a day."
|Nikki creating perfectly defined brows via Lucx_Brows|
Her business became a creative outlet that grew organically. After receiving microbladding treatment, Nikki wondered if she can learn how to do it herself to save a little money. Soon she was hooking up her friends and family. Word of her work spread and before she knew it, Nikki rented out a shared space to take on her growing list of clients. Months later, circumstances changed which required her to step out of her comfort zone and purchase her own Brow Studio.
|Lucx_Brows before and after transformation|
Stepping up her business location was "motivation to make sure she builds her clientele." That's when I shared my prediction that the simple act of expanding beyond her comfort zone would likely take her business to the next level. Sometimes we conform our actions according to our environment. Renting a space from someone else requires a different mindset than investing in your own location.
Nikki's business is flourishing and now she's reflecting on what the future holds. Soon she'll have to determine if and when to transition to pursuing her passion full time. In the meantime, Nikki continues to apply Slight Edge principles daily to her life and business.
Our conversation reminded me of how easy it is to build an empire simply by taking consistent daily action. Every time she said "I did something every single day," it took me back to my early days. Back when I worked endless hours and longed to experience my freedom. Time was scarce so I took a bunch of little actions. Those actions added up and compounded into a profitable business. Every year, around this time, I revisit the Compound Effect as a reminder that my small actions are critical and will create my ideal future. This helps me to get a head start on the year ahead.
Go read/listen to this book if you haven't done so. The Compound Effect and the Slight Edge are similar in content so check them both out.