I know 1% doesn’t sound like much, but before you stop reading, let me explain.
Would you agree that we have hundreds of habits, that we practice every day without even being aware of them.
- Which shoe do you put on first?
- Which way do you drive to work?
- What radio or satellite station do you listen to?
- When do you eat each meal?
- When you kiss your spouse, which way do you tilt your head?
There are hundreds and hundreds of these habits that every single person on the planet follow without giving any thought to what they do.
So what if you changed just one of these? What if, instead of having a glass of wine after dinner you eat some greek yogurt? If you did that every day for just one year, could it have an impact on your body-composition? Of course it would!
I recently read an article by James Clear, you can look him up at jamesclear.com and see the article I’m referring to, I can tell you it had a profound effect on my thinking.
He talks about how a cycling coach from Great Britain. Dave Railsford became the coach of Team Sky (Great Britains professional cycling team) in 2010 and faced a challenging situation.
No Brit cyclist had ever won the Tour de France and when Railsford took over the team he declared that in 5yrs time they would win their very first Tour.
Railsford focused on the smallest of things (pillows they slept on, the best way to wash their hands to avoid infection, tire weight, seat ergonomics) the things that many performance coaches didn’t even think about.
This 1% changes added up to a Brit winning the 2012 and the 2013 Tour de France and the team dominating the gold medals at the 2012 Olympics.
So how does this apply for us?
Habits are hundreds and hundreds of tiny decisions made over the course of time that lead to either a positive or a negative in our life. We don’t suddenly change a habit and transform our life, but in the long run I believe these small nearly unnoticeable changes become who we are, how we feel and our overall happiness.
When we make the decision to lose weight and get into shape, we forget that the habits we have formed over X amount of time will also take time to change to the positive.
Just as easy as it can be to make a 1% change for the good, it is also just as easy (or easier) to allow one extra cheat meal or one more time to skipped workout to put an extra 10lbs of bad weight on.
So today, as soon as you finish reading this post, I want you to pick one thing you can improve by just 1%. Write it down, post it on your bathroom mirror (or somewhere else you will see multiple times each day) and begin to see the power of 1% compounding over time.
For me… I am going to make sure I get my third day of cardio in each week. Note is going up tonight when I get home. It’s too easy to say…ohh my knee hurts I shouldn’t run again this weekend, but you know what? I can ride my bike, take my paddleboard to the lake, do mountain climbers and other cardio exercises to get the heart rate up. The bad knee Ive been nursing is just an excuse.
Join me, lets do it.