We often convince ourselves that change is only meaningful if there is a large, visible outcome attached to it. We pressure ourselves to make earth-shattering improvements that everyone will talk about.
But, improving by just 1% in everything you do can add up to remarkable improvement, especially in the long run. The British cycling team used this strategy and dominated the competition at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics!
Here’s how it’s done:
- Almost every habit that you have — good or bad — is the result of many small decisions over time.
- Start by optimizing the things that make sense (managing inventory or layout of store)
- Then add areas that are often overlooked (get better sleep or delegating tasks)
These choices wont impact you very much today, but as time goes on, the small improvements will multiply exponentially. You will suddenly find a very big gap between where you were then and where you are now – you’ll be 37 times better in fact!
Take away: Tiny gains will lead to big change
Where are the 1% improvements that you can make in your business?
“Forget about perfection; focus on progression, and compound the improvement.” – Dave Brailsford, General Manager and Performance Director for British Cycling