If you had to choose between investing into your wellbeing bit by bit, over time, for many years; or, not taking care of yourself for many years, leading to spending more time and money in a short amount of time to make up for lost investment opportunity, which option would you choose?
If you were given a choice to invest a penny that doubles every day for 30 days, or receive one million dollars, which opportunity would provide the greater return?
To break this down, on Day 1 you have $.01 and it doubles to $.02 by Day 2. Spend the next week doubling and it’s valued at $.64 by Day 7. Over the next two weeks you’re only at $81.92 by the end of Day 14. Once you reach Day 21, you have $10,485.76. By Day 30, you have $5,368,709.12!
In this example, if you choose to double down on your consistent investments rather than instant return, you have the opportunity to receive 5 times the value!
It can be easy to get caught up in the trap of instant gratification, but it is worth it consider investing small amounts consistently over time as you can receive a greater return.
How do you take care of your wellbeing? Do you wait until signs or symptoms are present before you choose to invest in your quality of life? Or, do you consistently double down on the small decisions that can lead to exponential growth in potential benefits?
How do you take care of your child’s wellbeing? Do you wait until they have signs or symptoms present before you choose invest into their quality of life? Or, do you consistently double down on small decisions that could lead to exponential growth in potential benefits for their quality of life?
Making consistent choices that have a greater return of potential benefits could be referred to as “practice.”
“Practice” can be defined as the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method as opposed to theories about such application or use. Practice makes perfect is the application of constant choices for the person you want to become tomorrow.
“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” —Malcom Gladwell
Practicing consistent choices for your wellbeing is similar to rocket science. During the take-off phase for the rocket, they can spend 80% of the fuel. Once it reaches a certain point (or a tipping point of return on investment, similar to the doubling down on the penny), it can fly smoothly with very little consumption or effort.
Visualize the end target of where you want your consistency to pay off and spend the 80% of time, money and effort to help make the rest of your journey smooth flying!