“Remember this: The trend is your friend.”
In Earnest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, there’s a scene where Bill asks Mike, “How did you go bankrupt?” “Two ways,” Mike responds, “Gradually, then suddenly.”
We can find this, “The Law of Gradually, then Suddenly,” nearly everywhere.
How does one get old? How did the oak tree get so big? How did you get fit or fat or wealthy or broke? Gradually, then suddenly.
Consider Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett’s extreme wealth and how it was acquired. Chances are good they would answer the same, “Gradually, then suddenly.”
For the most part this is how life goes, from gradually to suddenly.
Within the context of any given day, things are imperceptibly small and slow. Then, suddenly, the compounding effects are impossible to ignore. Gradually, then suddenly.
This is precisely how the force of habit compounds within our lives. The good or bad habits compound until one day they are impossible to ignore.
The beauty is, when we take the time to pause, observe and reflect, it’s possible to identify a trend. Are we trending in a positive direction or not?
Nobody is ever trending favorably all the time. With honest observation, we can and should assess all the major aspects of our life (wellness categories) and correct course before it’s too late. Thus, the trend is your friend, but you must take the time to pause, reflect, and correct course if necessary.
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TOOLS/BOOKS WE RECOMMEND:
The Psychology of Achievement (Brian Tracy)
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The Magic of Thinking BIG! (David Schwartz)
Think & Grow Rich (Napoleon Hill)
The Success Principles (Jack Canfield)
Getting Things Done! (Allen’s Great Book!)
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