See How the 1% Rule Can Change Your Life and Your Results

Can a measly 1% improvement make a difference? It might not make a difference in a day, but regular 1% improvements can change your life!

Sometimes we set goals so big that were too intimidated to even take the first step. Our brains don't like the idea of big changes, which is why change can be so uncomfortable.

However, a simple 1% change is insignificant enough to slip by our defense mechanisms.

We even have confidence in our ability to improve anything by just 1%.

For our purposes, we’re going to define the 1% rule as making a 1% improvement in every aspect of your life each day.

See how you can embrace the power of small, incremental changes:

1. Small improvements are believable, attainable, and sustainable.

Big changes and improvements can be hard to fathom. However, it's not hard to convince ourselves that we can be 1% better today than we were yesterday.

2. Small improvements lead to big changes.

A child learning to walk is a perfect example. Consider how long it takes a child to learn how to go from being able to crawl to being able to run.

Each of these processes is a series of tiny daily improvements.

3. Look for areas in which you can make a 1% improvement.

Look at your own life for areas where you could make small improvements each day. Consider your health, career, finances, and relationships.

Could you be 1% better at your job today than you were yesterday? What would you do better?

4. Track your progress.

Note the daily changes you make in your behavior and any results you experience.

Tracking your progress will prove to you that this process is effective. Seeing progress will also encourage you to continue.

5. Just being 1% better can lead to winning as much as 100% of the rewards.

1% improvements don't just lead to great gains. Sometimes being just 1% better than your competition is all the difference you need.

When five companies make a sales pitch to a potential client, the best pitch gets all of the work. A one percent advantage can lead to 100% of the benefits. Never underestimate the power of 1%.

6. Progress is motivation.

Studies have shown that nothing is consistently more motivating than progress. Even losing 1 pound can be a great boost to one's moral.

Most of us are intimidated by big goals, but we love to see any form of progress. Progress alone can keep us enthusiastic.

7. Ask yourself, “If I improved every area of my life by 1% each day, what would the result be in a year?”

How much would your life change? How much better would you be at your job? What changes would you see in your earnings and your savings? How much stronger would your relationships be?

Over time, a 1% daily improvement will completely renovate your life. Imagine each part of your life being 365% better. That figure even ignores the power of compounding.

Avoid dismissing the power of making small changes in your life. It can be challenging to believe that making such a small change can provide benefits.

However, the math is simple to understand. Over the course of a year, those small improvements lead to huge changes in the results you experience.

How to Gain the Most From Reading a Book

Books are incredible. You can have the knowledge of the world’s experts at your fingertips. You don’t have to sit through seven years of PhD classes or learn lessons the hard way if you make use of good books.

A good book is like a portable mentor that has a lifetime cost of less than $20. It’s one of the best deals on the planet!

Unfortunately, most of us read great books, but we fail to get anything substantial from them. Our knowledge increases, but our lives stay the same.

It’s not enough to passively read a book. There’s a lot more to the process.

Consider these ideas to get the most from reading self help books:

1. Choose an appropriate topic.

To get the most from a book, it’s important to choose a subject that will help you in some way. Where do you need the most help in your life?

Is it something general like confidence or self-esteem, or a specific skill like public speaking or networking?

2. Take the time to find a great book on your subject.

Most online booksellers include reviews. Let these be a guide. You can find most of the most popular books in your local library.

3. Read the entire book.

Avoid skipping chapters or pages that bore you. Read the entire book, including the foreword and introduction.

Writing is a hassle, so the author is only going to write things that they believe are relevant.

4. Take notes.

Avoid relying on your memory to capture the most relevant points in the book.

Write down those nuggets of wisdom, so you’ll have them available in the future. You’ll also have them all in one place.

5. Ask yourself how you can apply this information to your life.

Include the answer in your notes.

6. Review each chapter.

Once you complete a chapter, review what you’ve learned. Spend some time thinking about it. You might spend an entire day thinking about it on and off.

Consider that each chapter may reveal valuable information that can change your life for the better. Find that piece of information.

7. Make a plan to apply the information.

It’s not enough to know something. You have apply it to get any benefit from it. Set up a plan for utilizing the information.

What habits could you create? What are some things you need to do or stop doing?

8. Re-read the book.

Many success gurus brag about reading a new book each day. This is a mistake.

You’re far better off reading fewer books multiple times each year and deeply understanding the information.

How can you read a book each day and apply the information to your life? You can’t.

9. Read other books on the same topic.

One book gives you information. Five books on the same topic gives you understanding. Become an expert on your topic of choice.

As you’re applying the information from one book, deepen your understanding with a similar book. Take your time and be thorough.

How much benefit have you really gotten from the books you’ve read? Odds are that you could be doing a lot better!

Books can save us so much time versus trying to figure things out on our own.

They are a way to rapidly boost your life, but it’s important to read actively and then to apply the information.

Information that isn’t acted upon has little value. Let your reading time be a catalyst to a bright future that you can look forward to!

Related reading: Self Development Plan Sample online guide

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