How 1% Improvement Each Day Compounds Over Time
There are endless amounts of people who talk about self-improvement, but how about a 1% improvement per day?
It's easy to compare your day 1 to someone else day 1300.
Looking at someone who defines your vision of success you have to take a step back and think about how they got there. It's usually a case of marginal gains. Setting big goals in nice and they look good on paper but more often life gets in the way.
That's where the theory of a 1% improvement each day comes in. By taking a big goal and breaking it down into sub-goals or even tasks the climb suddenly feels more manageable. This can be applied to any aspect of life. Health, wealth, relationships or even work.
Applying The 1% Rule.
I have taken this theory and applied it to running.
I've always wanted to be good at, and enjoy running as people who I viewed as successful, all run. The issue is that running sucks if you are unfit.
As someone who hadn't exercised in anger for the last 12 years, I fell into this category. What did I do? I set a goal of a half marathon in 30 days then started running. Short runs to start improving each time. As I got a little fitter, fuelling and hydration became the focus for improvement which again gave improvements. After this came equipment and pacing, you get the idea.
250 miles later I'd say I enjoy running. This is just one example of how the 1% improvement rule can be applied and doesn't have to be health or business focussed. Could you apply this to your work or even your relationships? An extra phone call to a family member or friend you've lost touch with or getting to work 15 minutes earlier to tick off that dreaded task earlier.Somewhere a lot of us could use this rule is surrounding time.
Making incrementally better decisions on how you spend your time.Always tired? Are you getting enough good quality sleep? Can you manage your time so that 7 hours sleep becomes regular? Become critical of your day, is there any dead time you could use to find that 1% improvement.
If you commute to work, do you watch Netflix or listen to a podcast.
Do you learn something or are you sedentary?
It works the other way also. It's easy to be so focused on work or fitness that you've neglected your family recently. Could you find a1% improvement there?
The aim of this is to put yourself in a constant state of improvement in whatever area of your life you choose. It doesn't happen all at once but finding 1% improvement compounded over time yield massive results.
The best example of this was when the governing body of British Cycling hired Dave Brailsford in 2003. Dave went on to find1% improvement in every aspect of cycling which finally resulted in 60% of Olympic gold medals going to Britain at the 2008 Olympics. James Clear has a good post outlining what happened from his book Atomic Habits. So go and find that 1% per day.