I wanted to share with you something that really hit home with me and I think will be beneficial for you as well.
My sister sent me THIS article, which is about a coach who believed in the “aggregation of marginal gains.”
What in the world, Leah?
Stay with me here… He explains it as “the 1 percent margin for improvement in everything you do.” Basically, if you improved every area related to - whatever area you want to improve- by just 1 percent, then those small individual gains would add up to crazy results.
I can totally get behind this because I always tell my clients that habits take TIIIIIME! The number one killer of a new habit is thinking that it’s “all or nothing” or placing an unrealistic plan or time frame on the result you desire.
You wanna start working out in the morning? Rather than thinking you’re going to wake up everyday and drag yourself out for a run or to the gym, how about you just start waking up early first?
You want to feel better about yourself? Rather than spending thousands of dollars on a new wardrobe, why don’t you start with something small like whitening your teeth or buying a new soap that smells oh-so-good?
The article also states: “Almost every habit that you have — good or bad — is the result of many small decisions over time. And yet, how easily we forget this when we want to make a change.”
We’re all guilty of the slippery slope of “oh go on and have another piece of cake, that one little piece won’t hurt” or “what’s one more episode?” Suddenly, we’ve gained 7lbs and are fighting sleep at work because of the late night Netflix indulgences.
Let us not forget that it takes time to develop bad habits, so it’s going to take just as much time to develop good ones.
The article goes on to say: “We often put pressure on ourselves to make some earth-shattering improvement that everyone will talk about. Meanwhile, improving by just 1 percent isn't notable (and sometimes it isn't even noticeable). But it can be just as meaningful, especially in the long run.”
So, think about what you want to improve. How could you get yourself 1% closer? (Seriously, though, please reply. I love to see what ya’ll are up to!)
What SMALL change could you make today? Tomorrow? Next week? Build upon each little baby step. These baby steps will compound and you’ll look back after a while and wonder how it all happened. And then you’ll remember it happened because you SHOWED UP and made a CHOICE to get 1% better each day.
Are YOU ready to be someone’s inspiration?