How to Make Your Next 30 Days the Best Ever

June 14, 2014 By

What do award-winning sales reps, peak performers, top companies, world-renowned athletes, and other successful people all have in common? 

They understand the power of 1%.

Sometimes the smallest books pack the biggest punch. Similar to this quote by Blaise Pascal in 1851:

“Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte.”

Translation: The present letter is a very long one, simply because I had no leisure to make it shorter.

  • The short email takes longer to write than the long one.
  • Refining our to do list is more difficult than including everything off the top of our heads.
  • The succinct essay is harder to write than the lengthy one (and often gets a better grade).
  • Fewer goals may net you a better result than many.

So it is true with our lives. You don’t have to focus on changing or being 100% better, different or focused.

The truth is that you can make radical change with just 1% improvement.

This is nowhere more clear than with Olympic athletes. The Olympic gold medalist is often only 1% faster than the fourth place finisher who receives no medal.

Inspired by The 1% Solution by Tom Connellan