#006: The Power of Incremental Change [Podcast]

Last summer, Gail and I visited the Royal Gorge near Cañon City, Colorado. It is only a few hundred feet wide at the top but more than 1,250 feet deep in places. This ten-mile long canyon was cut into solid granite over approximately three million years, at just a half an inch per century. It is an awesome example of the power of incremental change over time.

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Episode Outline

You can make small, daily investments that will soon lead to big results. Here are seven examples to get your creativity flowing:

  1. Losing weight.
  2. Paying off debt.
  3. Improving profitability.
  4. Writing a book.
  5. Running long distances.
  6. Reading the Bible.
  7. Improving your marriage.

How can you harness the power of incremental change? By following these five steps:

  1. Identify a goal.
  2. Make sure it is S.M.A.R.T.
  3. Identify your incremental change (or new practice).
  4. Track your progress.
  5. Recruit a growth partner.

Listener Questions

I also answer three questions from my listeners.

  • “How do you get yourself motivated to make the change in the first place?”
  • “I just don’t seem to have much will-power. Is there any hope for me?”
  • “When do you take massive action verses practicing incremental change?”

Episode Resources

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