1% Rule. How to become efficient by improving only small bits?
A well-known concept of self-development. We could not help but share, because it works for most of us here at Luxafor and is ABSOLUTELY effective.
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As of now, I think the time has come to get into history, which you may not heard of before…
Today, we would like to tell you the story of a professional cycling team. It’s called Team Sky. It was known as one of the most unsuccessful teams in the history of cycling. Until 2002, throughout all 76 years of competitive performances at the Olympic Games, they won one gold medal only. Their reputation was so bad that a well-known manufacturer has forbidden them to use his bikes, as this could negatively affect the brand.
The idea behind this theory is very simple. If you improve a lot of “unimportant” details of your business by a tiny percentage, say, when your employees become one percent more polite, the price of a product goes down by one percent, and the quality of advertising improves by one percent, then in the end, step by step, a tiny change per change, one day you will make your business extremely successful. In a word, small, imperceptible changes now turn into a large-scale transformations over time.
The new coach has been set to work. Slightly lighter tires were found for bicycle wheels, and slightly more comfortable seats were found for athletes. They learned how to properly wash hard-to-reach places on a bicycle so that they do not have dust, and, accordingly, excess weight.
Athletes were given slightly better pillows and mattresses to get better sleep, they hired a nutritionist and tweaked their diet a bit for specific workloads, and even figured out which massage oil was best for recovery.
All these changes are simply ridiculous from the outside. Who will spend their time on this? It all sounds so unimportant.
BUT, if you add up hundreds of these small changes, you end up with a great result.
And so, it happened.
In 2008, at the Beijing Olympics, they won 7 out of 10 possible gold medals. And then they repeated their result, winning 7 out of 10 gold medals at the next Olympics in London. They have won 4 of the last 5 Tour de France, something no British team has yet achieved.
What does this story teach us?
The fact is that most successful people follow this rule. In the biographies and biographies of all great personalities, you will find one thought that runs like a red thread through all their destinies. They were always trying to be a little better.
Today you work on your writing technique, tomorrow you improve your pronunciation, and then you improve your knowledge of English by one percent… And over time, step by step, you become noticeably better. While most people don’t feel the need to spend time making subtle, small changes, YOU are getting closer to your goal.
It means that no matter what you do, no matter what your hobbies are – if you evolve bit by bit, get better at something small, insignificant – in the end, you are going to achieve something huge, after some time. Try to focus not on the big picture instantly, but focus on small steps, that will lead to this BIG picture after some time.
Let us explain step-by-step what is possible to do:
Choose your small goals, or in case you can’t understand, what small goals you may have – take a big goal and do decomposition. Let’s take for example goal – I want to become productive at work. What may decomposition give you?
2. Keep them in your mind
As we’ve been talking about tiny goals – remember them and choose what works best for you as we all are individuals. Something that works for one person might not work for the other, and vice versa. Or maybe something that works for one may help the other one – you never know until you try.
In cases when you understand that minimalistic aims are not working for you as those did before – change them. It will give you the feeling of something fresh and not ordinary. Maybe going to have some fresh air, or going to the gym before work may increase your energy levels and help you with productivity. If you don’t know for sure – try, and with trial and error, you are going to find what works for you.
4. Do it again
When you’ve found your perfect formula or formulas – stick to them and use these patterns you’ve created. In case you again got in the loop of the same thing all over again, change it into the other pattern of yours – to get another feeling. As easy as that.
Also, remember – Every little change you can think of has the butterfly effect of turning your life upside down and you don’t even know how it happened.
Start today, find these tiny spheres in your life, work life, and hobbies where you can become better – and start improving a bit right now. And while collecting this experience remember what you did and improve that even more. And if you have a notebook, or calendar where you write your insights, and tasks – check how you’ve been doing previously, and how your life will change, when you implement this mindset of 1% improvements.
If it helps you, don’t forget to say thanks to us in Luxafor, because we are sharing this information with you, so you can evolve, and your life will become better. As well as, don’t forget that we can assist you to be less disturbed or healthier with our products. Boost yourself and become better!
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