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The Power of 1%, and How it Can Help You

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"Success is a few simple disciplines, practised every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgement, repeated every day." Jim Rohn

Tiny changes in your day-to-day life can lead to very different outcomes when repeated over time.

We can call this The 1% Percent Rule. Let's see how this works, using the power of maths.

If you get just 1% better each day for one year, you'll end up thirty-seven times better by next year.

However, make poorer decisions, and you'll get 1% worse each day for one year. The result? You'll decline nearly down to zero.

Your daily actions compound over time to create two very different outcomes...

When you start, you will notice no difference. Making a 1% decision that is better or worse for you will not move the needle today.

But over a month, six months and a year the results are very different:

Here are some examples of how the 1% rule plays out over time:

  • Reading for 20 pages a day for a week doesn't make you smarter.
  • Going for a 20-minute run today won't make you fitter.
  • Learning 10 words of a new language won't make you bilingual.

 But doing that consistently results in:

  • Reading 15 books in one year (~220 pages/book on average)
  • Being far fitter, and able to run further and faster
  • Stringing a conversation abroad on your next holiday in the South of France :)

If you stick to it, you'll be surprised how big of a difference it will make in the long run.

So here is your takeaway action challenge... what is one area of your life you can improve by just 1% today?

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