The 1% Rule

Personal development is a passion of mine. It may actually be my only true hobby. 

Weird, right!? But it’s true. I’m a personal growth junkie. I absolutely love consuming content that it helps me meet my potential.

I’ve recently been reviewing “Atomic Habits,” by James Clear. It’s a super helpful book on how to leverage habit building/breaking to create desired change in life. From overcoming addictions, to losing weight, and/achieving a goal.

A fascinating rule he came across was “The Rule of 1%.” The idea of making small consistent incremental progressions. Over time, these seemingly insignificant improvements compound on one another to yield extraordinary results.

For example:

If you were committed to improving one area of your life, everyday for a year, you would experience compounding results and see a significant 33% increase! Amazing, right!?

So it begs to ask the question. What small change/improvement can I make everyday to begin to achieve a desire outcome?

For me, this is defined as a target. I have multiple targets that are designed to help me towards progressing towards a desire achievement and or goal. As I complete these targets consistently, they begin to compound and produce greater results.

This could be for fitness, intellect, spiritual formation, finances, relationships, etc.

So here’s a personal example of some targets I have, designed to help me achieved some desired goals/behaviors.

  • Beat the sun up (4am)
  • Complete elevate training
  • Read 1 chapter of Bible
  • Read 1 chapter of a Book
  • Run 1 mile
  • Drink 2 jugs of water
  • Post a WP Thought

The purpose of these targets are to lead me towards achieving desired goals or behaviors. I want to be smart, healthy, well read, an affect communicator, etc. And these targets are what lead me to forms and grow in these areas.

So what are your targets? What small incremental changes could you do to set the pace for compounding results?

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