从小处开始:三张图告诉你为什么“大计划”不如“小行动”

原文:https://deanyeong.com/start-small/
作者:Dean Yeong
翻译:阿哲

今天,我想和你分享一篇视觉化的文章。因为经过数轮修改,我相信通过图片,才能最清晰地表达我的想法。

Today, I want to share with you a visual post. After several iterations, I figured that the idea is best delivered in illustrations.

在过去几周,我谈到了生命是一场杠杆的游戏。随后,我特别深入地研究了时间杠杆。但是在生命中获得更多的杠杆、更高的效率、更大的影响力从来都不是目的,它只是一个过程。为了到达目的地,你能做的最好的事,是现在就出发。

In the past couple of weeks, I talk about life is a game of leverage. Then, I dive deeper specifically to the leverage of time. Gaining more leverage in life is never the destination. It’s a process. And the best thing you can do to make sure you get there is to start now.

但是,还有一个问题。

But then, there is a problem.

大多数人认为,为了改变他们的结果,需要采取重大行动。事实上,你可以在日常生活中观察到这些情况。

Most people believe that in order to change their outcomes, they need to take massive action. In fact, you can observe these scenarios in everyday life.

当人们谈论创业时,他们分享自己觉得最好的,那些可以改变世界的想法。当人们谈论健身时,他们脑海中总是浮现出健美先生以及专业运动员的身躯。当人们谈论赚更多钱时,他们想的是抓住市场的时机,大干一笔。

When people talk about entrepreneurship, they share their world-shifting ideas that they think are the best. When people talk about getting fit, they start to visualize the body of some bodybuilders or athletes. When people talk about making more money, they think about timing the market to hit a home run.

没有人说自己身边,已经在当地开了10年的面包店。没有人说要坚持去健身房,年复一年、日复一日重复同样的训练动作。也没有人说要拿出收入的20%投资指数基金。

No one talks about the local bakery that has been around for a decade. No one talks about doing the same compound movements in the gym over and over again for years. No one talks about putting aside 20% of their income to invest in index funds.

当我劝他们现在就开始时,他们的第一反应是:我该怎么做?在他们自己的思维模式中,他们没有足够的资源、技能和时间,他们根本就没办法开始行动。

When I urge these people to start now, their first reaction is: how? In their own paradigms, they don’t have the resources, skills, and time to get started.

你看,理论上来说,重大行动是好的,并且能让你在谈话中看起来很厉害。这在现实生活中,并不实际。我的观点是,与其专注于重大行动,不如从小事做起。

You see, massive action is great in theory and makes you look smart in conversations, it’s not practical in real life. My argument is that, instead of focusing on massive action, the best way to accomplish your desired outcomes is to start small.

以下就是为什么。

Here is why.

微小行动几乎不需要额外的努力和精力

TINY ACTION REQUIRES LITTLE TO NO EXTRA EFFORT AND ENERGY

我们的能量随着时间而波动。虽然重大行动听起来不错,但它需要大量的精力来启动并完成。我们可以使用的精力和行动所消耗的精力之间的差距,就形成了阻力。

Our energy fluctuates over time. While massive action sound good, it requires a lot of energy to get started and get done. The negative difference between our available energy and the energy requirement becomes the resistance.

从另一方面来说,微小行动大体上只需要较少的精力和努力。因此,当我们专注于微小的步骤时,几乎是没有阻力的。我们的想法就是让它变得足够简单,简单到你无法忽视它。

On the other hand, tiny action requires substantially less energy and effort. Hence, there is little to no resistance when we’re focusing on taking small steps. The idea is to make it so easy that you can’t ignore it.

角度上的微小倾斜会造成轨迹上的巨大改变

TINY TILT IN DEGREES GENERATE GREAT DIFFERENCES IN TRAJECTORY

当我们做出微小的改变时,它看起来无关紧要。这就是为什么许多人忽视持续改进的原因。如果微小的行动没用,那何苦去做呢?

It seems insignificant when we make tiny changes. That’s exactly why many people dismiss continual improvement. If small action don’t make a difference, why bother?

他们没有看到的是,每一个微小的变化都是一个决定。每一个决定都有可能让他们走上不同的道路。起初,一个小的改变似乎没起什么作用。但最终,相比于没有选择的道路,你选择的道路会让你走出一条截然不同的人生轨迹。

What they failed to see is that every tiny change is a decision. And every decision has the potential to put them on a different path. At first, a small change seems to make no differences at all. But ultimately, the path you end up taking will put you in a greatly different trajectory than the path you don’t.

微小步骤的影响随时间呈指数级增长

TINY STEPS COMPOUND INTO EXPONENTIAL IMPACTS OVER TIME

持续365天,每天提升1%,意味着1年36倍的提升。另一方面,持续365天,每天衰减1%,意味着19倍的衰减。

1% improvement every day for 365 days equal to 36 times improvement from Day 1. On the other hand, 1% improvement decay every day for 365 means lead to 19 times of diminishment.

起初,微小行动的作用似乎微不足道,但随着复利效应的产生,持续的微小行动总是会导致指数级的影响。这就是杰瑞·宋飞迈克尔·菲尔普斯威尔·史密斯等人的与众不同之处。

Small action seems insignificant at first, but with the compounding effect, consistent tiny action always lead to exponential impacts. That’s how people like Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Phelps, and Will Smith make a difference.

一次又一次,人们没有做出改变,即使他们知道他们需要改变。在内心深处,他们想要采取行动、做出改变,但障碍太大了。

Time and time again, people are not making changes even when they know they need to change. Deep down, they want to take the leap and make the shift, but the obstacle is just too huge.

上周,我鼓励你从现在开始——如果你想知道如何立即开始,答案很简单:从小处开始。

Last week, I encouraged you to start now — if you ever wonder how should you start immediately, the answer is simple: Start small.

阿哲

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从小处开始:三张图告诉你为什么“大计划”不如“小行动”