Lesson 1

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The Power Of Tiny Gains

Gents, I get it. We’re men of action and we like to dream big. However, setting overly audacious goals can make them seem daunting and unachievable. Along the line, this can lead to frustration, exhaustion, and ultimately failure when you begin to question why you can’t meet the success you set out to achieve.

Let me give you some advice. Today, I’m talking about the compounding effect of aiming to be 1% better every day. If you improve by just 1% every day for 1 year, you’ll end up 37 times better by the end.

Let’s take fitness as an example. You set yourself the goal of being able to run a marathon (26.2 miles), but you can currently only run about 1 mile. Expecting yourself to be able to make this big jump in endurance over a short period just isn’t realistic.

Day-on-day, you try to run that 26.2 miles and day-on-day you become frustrated and tired when you burn out at 1 mile, 1.5 miles, 2 miles. No one likes to feel like a failure – so chances are you’ll probably give up – but not through lack of potential. You’ll be giving up because you simply set the bar too high.

Let’s look at this a different way.

A more reasonable expectation would be to focus on improving your distance by small increments weekly. If, after the first week, you can run 1.1 miles – that’s a success. Then week 2 – 1.3 miles. Week 3 – 1.5 miles.

Slowly but surely, you’re making progress. You’ll soon find you can hit 2 miles, then 3, and your progress will increase exponentially. Before you know it, you’ll hit 5 miles. Then 15. Then 25…

The small improvements don’t seem like much of a difference at the time, but they add up over the long term. Remember – a journey of a thousand miles begins with that first step and it’s that first step that’s incredibly important.

I want you to think – what small steps can you start to make in your life that will result in great improvements if you consistently apply the 1% improvement principle?


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