Orbits, eclipses and planetary wobble can all be predicted and so it is with geometric progression – a sequence of numbers in which terms are multiplied by a constant value.
In the human based geometric progression we will discuss today, the constant value which multiplies all others is YOU and this incredible feat is pulled off with same effort required to produce body odor.
Casting a malodorous scent demands little planning and even less preparation. (uh, perspiration: yes) Simply stop bathing or washing and before you can change your borrowed underwear Captain Stank will be all over you and everything you touch. Do this for long and you’ll be existing in a natural state. (alone 😎 )
Geometric progression or continuous improvement works in the same manner and like all habits, once things get underway it takes a fair bit of foot dragging to bring the party to a halt. Momentum, man.
Gotta Rock The Boat To Build a Castle
Every great accomplishment throughout human history has required a big commitment to small ideas which were connected through minor activities culminating in spellbinding advancement in many directions.
Its the “small things over time can have big effects” theory.
Symphonies might be written over decades, books over centuries and great masterpieces of art have been painted upside down taking years to complete. All one stroke, word or note at a time.
The ingenuity humans have revealed through this simple method of piling yesterday’s gains on today’s efforts produces wonders in individual lives as well.
Like the old story of putting one foot in front of the other to get anywhere, geometric progression accepts even the smallest contribution and places it on top of our Accomplishments To Date pile.
You Were a Bossy Kid – Weren’t You?
This system worked great for us as children. One observation piled on another, one thought upon another and one syllable upon another until gradually we began to decipher and influence many aspects of our environment.
As new humans we also unconsciously employed impatience but because our use of it was evolutionary, we didn’t work it to the extreme where it overshadowed our incremental progress with language, mobility or persuasion.
Impatience is the enemy of geometric progression and from that vantage point our small advances seem like a waste of time. This is exactly why most folks discount the process of collecting minor positive adjustments toward weight loss, prosperity or intelligence enhancement.
Consider how geometric progression can work for you:
- Set a direction in your life. Perhaps you want to lose weight, learn a new skill, start drinking more, etc.
- Determine activities which would move you in the desired direction. Go for walks, listen to a learning video, carry a cool, little flask with you.
- Set aside a small amount of time to regularly engage in the activity. Just like whining, this doesn’t work unless it is repetitive and continuous.
- Implement regular “check points” to determine if you are on track. Are your pants loose or tight? What new skill can you apply? Can you be slammed but fake normal function?
Every Rope Has Its End
Somewhere inside every human is an emotional gauge which informs us when we are pushing each other’s buttons. This is the Dark Side of geometric progression and one we want to refrain from visiting if at all possible.
Just like throwing a ball there is no need to push ourselves or anyone else once this force is engaged. It will begin to have its own effects on us and our circumstances and soon all we have to do is toss another log on the fire of life and the good times will roll.
Start looking for the geometric progression occurring all around you and I guarantee you will be surprised how quickly things pick up speed when we stop pushing downhill.
Thank you, friend.