I made one very small decision beginning on January 1st that will influence every other decision.
This month people have made all types of resolutions, most of which are not kept until December 31. In fact, research from the University of Scranton says just 8% of people keep their resolutions. I want to be in that 8%. Don't you?
Here is a peek into my world...I love change. I often make big changes in my personal and work life. However, sometimes getting to the finish line is tough. To be candid, sometimes I just lacked interest and/or discipline to finish well. What would it look like to not make any big decision; rather, what if I made one very small decision throughout each day and try to manage that this year?
What is that one very small decision I made this year?
Intentionally choose to make each area in my life 1% better.
Examples of this include:
- Preparing 1% more for a meeting.
- Spending 1% more time choosing a book to read.
- Writing 1% more notes each month to leaders.
- Investing 1% more in key relationships.
- Reading 1% more of the Bible each day.
- Hanging 1% more with my wife and kids.
- Running 1% more on my treadmill.
- Dialing 1% more to chat with my family.
- Choosing 1% more to cut from my job.
- Thinking 1% more each day about ideas.
- Sleeping 1% more each night.
- Writing 1% more training content each day.
- Saying 1% more "thank you but no thank you" to opportunities.
- Saying 1% more "yes, let's do it" to opportunities.
- Relinquishing 1% more to achieve improved collaboration.
- Exploring 1% more new territory that involves risk and requires courage.
In only 21 days, I have already seen positive results:
- A sense of relief
- More clarity
- Increased joy
- Higher productivity
- Greater focus
- More control
I was encouraged last week when my friend emailed me this story:
Water boils at 212 degrees. Not 211 degrees. That one very small degree changes everything. Water boils. Steam is produced. That same steam can power a locomotive. One degree made all the difference. It often appears moving further faster involves only a little than we might think.
For me, improving 1% influences a new routine.
What if you decided to embrace the 1% approach? It might actually help you achieve more in less time and feel great! Very small decisions can have a great impact.