Be 1% Better and Change the World
“I’ve worked 6 days a week for 4 years to improve in a race that lasts 12 seconds.“
– Lolo Jones, US Olympic Hurdler
In 2008 Lolo was leading the field, running the 100m hurdles at the Olympic finals. As she leaped across hurdle 9 of 10, she clipped it with her rear leg. She tried desperately to regain her stride with the finish line within her grasp…
Those agonizing last few seconds seem to drag on as the other runners passed Lolo and left her off the medals podium. As a spectator screaming at the TV I was brokenhearted. After so much time invested into her race, she was the favorite, the fastest hurdler in the world, yet all it took was one moment and the outcome changed…
Have you ever worked hard for something and at the last moment it just fell apart?
What did you do?
Did you give up or did you get back up, dust yourself off, and press on?
I have been guilty of both.
Lolo Jones represented our country again in 2012 and fell short of the medal podium once again. I can bet this is not the last we will see of her. Champions find a way to use their failures as the stepping stones to greater glory. Press on Lolo.
I wanted to share this story of an Olympic competitor because it illustrates the concept of 1%. In order to be a champion or a success in anything you do you must chip away consistently until you get the results you are looking for. Once you get there you have to stay consistent to maintain those results. This concept of the 1% was first introduced to me by business coach Pat Rigsby. Just like that shocking moment watching Lolo clip the 9th hurdle, I had a shocking realization that the concept of 1% is something that everyone can do and you don’t have to be an Olympian.
What is the 1% Concept?
As Pat explained, “Most business owners want to double their business. The problem is you cannot do that in a day…they often get overwhelmed.” He suggests on focusing on getting 1% better every day. It doesn’t seem all that much but it will add up. In a year you will be 365% better than the previous year.
Success then is not necessarily a huge accomplishment, though it can be, but being better than the day before. If you have the vision and patience to stay the course success will be yours. Those are 2 key “if’s”.
How to address the 2 “if’s”…
* First, decide what you want (vision).
* Second, realize that most things that are worth working for are not accomplished overnight. They take patience to see it through over months and years. How long are you willing to work for your goals?
* Finally, take daily action to improve at least 1% closer to your goal.
I Want to Know…
How can you set up a daily action plan to help you get 1% better daily?
I look forward to your answer.