Did you ever play Dominos? Remember setting them up in a long row or even in some pattern and then tapping the first Domino? All of them would fall one by one. The first one falling caused all the others to come down in sequential order. You can create the same Domino Effect in your life—for good or for bad.
When you take positive action, you create the potential for more positive action to follow. For instance, if you begin a new exercise program, you are more likely also to start a healthy eating plan. You may then choose to sleep more hours per night, purchase a standing desk, and cut down on your alcohol consumption. If you take a class that teaches you a new skill for your job, you may then read a book on the topic, implement new strategies at work, begin doing your job differently, or approach projects differently. If you decide to be more present in your relationships, you may find yourself being more appreciative of your significant other, being more demonstrative toward others, listening to others—and hearing what they say, and engaging with people in a more meaningful manner.
One action leads to another. It’s a real-life Domino Effect.
Of course, the Domino Effect works in negative ways as well. If you are a recovering alcoholic, you could decide just to have one drink…and that leads to another and another. If you get ill or busy and stop exercising, you might find yourself not sticking to your diet and then not using your standing desk. You can see how this principle works for bad and for good.
Therefore, if you want to improve your life, focus on where you can create a positive Domino Effect. Make a list of all the positive effects that could follow that one action. Line them up, so to speak. Then take the first positive action and see if you can’t get all the others to fall into place one by one.
Have you ever created a Domino Effect in your life? Tell me about it in a comment below.