This blog is all about a very simple (but super powerful) philosophy in business that improves efficiency, creates steady long-term growth, and basically helps you to CRUSH your goals. But the power of this philosophy goes way beyond business. It also can make a HUGE difference in living a better, healthier and more fulfilled life.
It’s fueled by one simple Japanese principle:
Do 1 percent better every day.
You might have heard of the Japanese word kaizen before, which is the idea of doing 1% better every single day. It’s all about small, continuous improvements. When you add them all up, they lead to mind-blowing changes.
What’s even more amazing is that the changes created this way actually “stick.” That’s because they didn’t require any major lifestyle overhauls. I am not an all-or-nothing person. That just doesn't work for me. I so much more relate to the 1% because it is DOABLE and SUSTAINABLE for me.
And that’s EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT!
Let’s say you want to make improvements in your diet. Instead of changing everything about how you eat, what if you went for the (food pun alert) low-hanging fruit? By that I mean, gradually changing the things that are easiest for you to change?
You could swap out your afternoon cookie for a piece of fruit. Your chips could become a handful of almonds. Instead of eating a grab-and-dash granola-bar breakfast, you could blend a protein smoothie.
Not all at once. Just one change at a time, over time. Can you see how before long, as you fold these new habits into your life, they will add up to a HUGE transformation in your life?!
There are lots of great books on the subject. One of the latest that breaks it all down with actionable tips is the bestseller Atomic Habits by James Clear.
It can be tempting to go for the quick fix – and it’s true that you may see some results in the short-term. I love to offer challenges because sometimes we need a kickstart. But you’re not looking to yo-yo your way through life. You’re looking to make real change that LASTS.
So when it comes to changing your mindset and building new habits that stick, studies show that making smaller changes can be more helpful. Give the 1% method a go this week, and let me know how it goes!
If you need help with your healthy habits, let’s talk about ways I might be able to help you.