The Drip Method: A Minimalist Guide to Success
Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Mike Donghia of The Art of Minimalism.
If your sink faucet drips like mine does, try this experiment:
Plug up the drain before you go to bed. When you wake up, measure the amount of water pooled up in the sink. If you’re adventurous, leave the sink plugged up for a week. And if you’re asking for trouble, leave it plugged up for a month – just to see what happens.
Now, imagine how much water has been dripped over the past 10 years from your faucet alone and multiply that by the millions of dripping faucets around the world. Consider that a typical leaky faucet costs an extra $2-$3 a year, and you can see that this small annoyance is actually a multi-million dollar problem.
Most people don’t have time for drips. In our fast-paced, attention-deprived culture, little thought is given to things that don’t produce big results.
But it’s the small things that are making the biggest difference.
If you’re serious about reaching your goals, making a difference, and achieving success at what you do, you need to start focusing on the small things that add up to make the biggest impact.
63% of U.S adults are overweight. Here’s why:
Over half of Adults in America are overweight. And a lot of them have no idea how it happened. It creeped up on them slowly and one day, they looked in the mirror and thought, “Whoa, what happened here!”
The thing is, they haven’t changed their eating habits since their younger, fitter days, but they’re metabolism has waned a bit. Let’s say 10 years after graduating from college you weigh 25 pounds more. That’s a noticeable difference in the way you look and feel, but oddly enough, it’s the result of a mere 25 calorie-a-day excess.
That’s one Hershey Kiss worth of calories a day. Making that small adjustment would have kept those pounds off and left you happier and healthier. The power of the drip works both ways: it can be harnessed for success or ignored at your own detriment.
The drip method taps into the power of slow, incremental progress over long periods of time. Instead of striving towards success, and wasting valuable mental energy, you focus on the habits that will let you reach your goals naturally.
The beauty of the drip method is that it frees you from unhealthy expectations. A lot of people start something with the idea that they need to become an instant success. When drastic results don’t arrive immediately, they get discouraged and give up before the effects of their hard work start accumulating.
The minimalist approach to success is much smarter than that. It understands that noticeable changes and results can take weeks, months, or dare I say it, years before arriving. Then, one day when you least expect it, you’ll look around and say “Whoa, what happened here?” You’ll be staring at a successful business that you started, or watching your first child get married, or stepping on a scale to realize that you reached your weight goal after two years of healthy habits and exercise.
4 Simple Pleasures to Experience
The drip method isn’t a self-help strategy to help you achieve your goals; it’s a simplified mindset towards the whole idea of success. Instead of entering into the rat race, you can choose to step back and enjoy the course of slow, incremental progress. Life isn’t about the number of things you accomplish, its about the changes that occur in you and those around you from the work you do.
Instead of beating yourself to accomplish your goals, see how the drip method can allow you to experience the simple pleasures of progress:
- Less pressure. You don’t have to become an overnight success. Take baby steps and be content with small, incremental progress. For a change, focus on the internal changes that are taking place within you.
- More success. Most people throw in the towel after a few weeks if results don’t come immediately. Those who are in it for the long haul end up succeeding because they’re the last ones standing.
- More enjoyment. When results stop becoming an obsession, you can actually slow down and enjoy the process of working towards a goal. It’s a very rewarding journey but few people realize it because they’re so busy rushing towards the end.
- Personal Development. The drip method requires patience. Instead of instant satisfaction (like we’re programmed to expect), you’ll experience the overwhelming contentment of delayed gratification. Happy people know that delayed rewards are the best type.
What else can you enjoy from slowing down and experiencing The Drip Method?
Mike Donghia writes at The Art of Minimalism. You can check out his site or subscribe to his RSS feed. You can also follow him on Twitter.
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