All we need is 1 % change
While on the path of transformation, we often look for drastic and obvious changes in a short amount of time. We want it fast and put tremendous expectation into what we desire and often even more pressure on ourselves to “make it happen.” When change doesn’t materialize quickly enough we feel frustrated and at times defeated convincing ourselves it’s not working. Truth be told, change is about the little things; it’s about the small moves over time and the seemingly insignificant adjustments in our daily lives that bring about dramatic change.
A case in point:
In 2010, Dave Brailsford faced a tough job: No British cyclist had ever won the Tour de France. As the new General Manager and Performance Director for Team Sky (Great Britain’s professional cycling team), Brailsford was asked to change this trend. His approach was simple, a notion he called “the 1 percent margin for improvement.”
His belief is: if you develop every area related to cycling by a mere 1 percent, those small gains add up to a remarkable improvement. The team started by optimizing things you might expect: nutrition, the weekly training program, ergonomics of the bike seat and weight of the tires.
This was only the beginning. Brailsford and his team continued searching for more areas to improve by only 1 percent. They searched and found a pillow offering the best night’s sleep and took it with them while they traveled. They tested and found the most effective type of massage gel for their aching muscles. They even went so far as to change the manner in which they washed their hands.
Brailsford believed that if these small moves could be successfully executed, Team Sky would be in a position to win the Tour de France in five years’ time, by 2015.
He was wrong.
In 2012, Team Sky rider Sir Bradley Wiggins became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France. This same year, Brailsford coached the British cycling team at the 2012 Olympic Games dominating the competition by winning 70 percent of the cycling gold medals. The following year, 2013, Team Sky repeated their Tour de France victory by winning with cycler Chris Froome.
Cycling enthusiasts worldwide refer to the British Team Sky triumphs in the Olympics and the Tour de France as the most successful run in modern cycling history. How did they do it? How can changing a pillow or the way you wash your hands make any difference? The answer:
Team Sky embraced “The Aggregation of Marginal Gains.”
ALMOST EVERY HABIT YOU HAVE- GOOD OR BAD – IS THE RESULT OF SMALL DECISIONS OVER TIME.
It’s common to overestimate the importance of one defining moment in our life; a marriage, a divorce, a baby or the tragic death of a family member or friend. It’s just as easy to under value the significance of making one or two different decisions on a daily basis. We have convinced ourselves that change is only meaningful if there is some dramatic, immediate and visible outcome associated with it.
Whether you want to lose weight, build a business, travel the world or any other goal; we put the pressure on, sometimes to the point of anxiety, to make earth-shattering improvements that everyone talks about. An improvement of 1 percent isn’t even noticeable right? On the contrary, over time this 1 percent is a game changer.
This law applies to coaching sessions and energetic healing as well. Most people think and expect one coaching or healing appointment will be the magical solution, the perfect pill. While energetic healing is one of the most powerful ways to give us the push to create palpable changes in our lives, we need to understand the effect our choices have in the physical world take time.
We fall into the trap of focusing in what is not changing, what is not happening for us and it’s not happening fast enough. We sabotage ourselves. We cancel out the effects of coaching and energy work and attract more things we don’t want. Remember: you decide what goes away and what sticks around with the seemingly small decisions made every day.
Decide what you want in your life. Make the unwavering commitment to honor your decision. Do it because you are worth it, because you want it, because nothing else will do. Do it because you want a happier life instead of a harsh one.
Recognize and celebrate the little things that have changed. Maybe you don’t get as upset as you once did; perhaps you are able to wake up earlier and take a walk to begin each day. Give
yourself a break; give yourself the room to grow; the chance to change. Revel in all your victories no matter the perceived size. Add every tiny ant size step of success to a gratitude journal or a sticky note on your bathroom mirror. Applaud yourself and watch how the changes emerge with a 1 percent pledge.
This concept of course works whether you’re aware of it or not. If you find yourself stuck with bad habits and poor results in life, this didn’t happen overnight. Your life is the result or the effect of many small choices, the sum total of them— a 1 percent decline here and there eventually leads to a problem and what you don’t want.
If you desire to make changes, seek out a coach, a healer. Find the person you connect with, the one you can work with, someone that empowers you, someone that can help you gain clarity. Search for someone who helps you stay focused and keeps you on track for what you truly desire. You are the one living your life, you are the one deciding every moment what gets to stay and what has to go. It is all about you.