With just one single action that you take right now, you can create powerful consequences that stretch far into the future. So, is that a good thing or a bad thing? Well, it depends. It depends on what the action is. Whatever it is, whatever action you take, you can be sure of this: time will magnify whatever you do. So even if right now it seems insignificant, later, as time goes on, it’s going to grow into something important.
Because over time, those small efforts add together. Over time, they combine into a powerful force. Over time, they end up having great influence.
Think of something quick and easy that you do every day — brushing your teeth. If you brush your teeth just once, and never again, that one time is not going to do any good. By the same token, if you faithfully brush your teeth two or three times a day every day for years and years, and then one day you miss brushing them just once, that one missed time is not going to hurt anything. What ends up making a difference in the condition of your teeth is the combination of all those efforts, all those times you brushed your teeth added together.
Each time when it comes time to brush your teeth, you have a choice. You can either put time on your side, or you can get time working against you. Which would you rather do? Of course, you’d rather get time working for you. And how do you do that? By the quick, simple act of brushing your teeth. You take action now, today. And you make it consistent with the action you took yesterday, and then tomorrow you take that same action again. That’s how you get time working for you. Time will combine all those small actions into a big result — in this case, clean, white, healthy teeth and gums.
It works the same way for… ANYTHING! If your day-to-day actions are not consistent, if they cancel each other out, if, for example, on one day you go north, and the next day you go south, you’re not going to end up getting anywhere. You’ll be right back where you started. So if on one day, you put in some real, good, effective efforts to achieve your goals and follow your dreams, and then the next day you sit around feeling sorry for yourself and thinking you’re never going to make it, you’re canceling out your efforts. The way to make quick and impressive progress is to focus all your thoughts, all your efforts, your time, your passion, your awareness in a single and consistent direction. That’s a matter of choice. It’s one of the most important choices you can make. It’s a choice you must continue to make, over and over again. So make the positive choice, in everything, all day long, day after day. You can’t reach the goal all at once, but you can and will reach it one step at a time. The more consistently those steps are all pointed in the same direction, the more quickly you’ll reach that goal.