One Percent

From the title of this post, I can tell that there are some of you who are going to reel back in surprise saying, “That sounds suspiciously like math is going to happen. Who are you, and what have you done with Ken??”

Trust me, nothing’s happened – and there won’t be any math involved.

Almost certainly not.

We’re only a couple of weeks away from the turn of the year. If you’re anything like me, around this time you’ll get introspective. You’ll be looking at the coming year, thinking about things you’d like to improve. Things you’d like to do better, or start doing.

You may be tempted – as a result of these thoughts – to make sweeping changes. Now there’s a lot to be said about change. First is that you can do it at any time – which is part of the reason why this isn’t a New Year’s day post.

But change isn’t always something sweeping through life. Sometimes it’s gradual. Most of the time it’s gradual. Sometimes the greatest change happens in small incremental steps.

So if you’re looking to do something different, consider that you might start small.

Let’s say that you want to learn how to play the guitar in the coming year. Make it a practice to end the week being One Percent better of a guitar player than you were at the beginning of the week.

Keep that up and, over the course of the year, you’ll be a 54 percent better guitar player than you were at the beginning of the year. If you stretch yourself a little and shoot for two percent improvement, at the end of the year, you’ll be one hundred eight percent better than you were at the start of the year.

Naturally, what this ultimately looks like is up to you, but if you take it slow and you’re consistent with it, I think you’ll find that the results are worth the effort.

Ok, yes, there was math, but only a little.

Thanks for reading. Be safe out there. Be Excellent to Each other – and yourself.

I’ll see you on Thursday.

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