Many people think about improving their life the wrong way. Most people focus on the goal and not the process to reach the goal. Every new year, people write down new year resolutions to improve their lives but do not focus on the process and how the process can be a part of their daily habits.
The biggest improvement in life is made up of small daily improvements that follow a good strategy. A 1% daily improvement can improve life by 30% a month, which is a rare growth in improvement.
Table of Contents
- Focus on one thing
- Write down all the important things that can improve your life
- Determine which action is suitable
- Start small and improve by 1%
- Interact with the process, not the goal
- Don’t act on feeling
- Practice discipline
I’ll cover the practical 1% steps that you can apply to improve your life. But there’s a misconception you need to clear up. Improving by 1% daily requires a strong will for improvement, a disciplined mind, and a good strategy. You can’t find the will to improve your life after watching any self-improvement video or reading a self-improvement blog. The will to change and improve your life is inside you.
Here are the 7 steps to improve your life by 1%:
1. Focus on one thing
There are many things you want to improve in your life. You might want to improve your mental and physical strength same as your physical and mental health, or your social life. The motivation to change and fully improve your life is great and useful. But if all the positive energies inside you are focused on improving one aspect of your life, the improvement and the desired change can be achieved. Deciding to improve your social life and physical health all at once will complicate your thoughts. You can improve in two aspects of your life at the same time for a short time only. For long-term improvement and better change, you have to focus on improving one aspect by 1% until the improvement is achieved, then you can move to another aspect of your life. The percentage of improvement will increase with time until you reach the desired goal.
2. Write down all the important things that can improve your life
Your physical and mental health, social life, and emotional state are the aspects of your life. To improve your life, you have to improve each of the aspects. To improve these aspects, you have to improve the weaker parts. For example:
Improving your physical health will improve your life and improving your mental strength will improve your life. The goal is to determine the small things that will improve your life. An example of these things are:
- Learning a new language will improve your work and social life.
- Joining the gym will improve your physical health.
- Reading a new self-help book will improve your mental strength.
- Learning emotional control improves your relationships.
- Improving your listening skills improves your communication skills.
You have to write down all the things you want to improve at. It will give you a clear indication about which thing is more important in your life and needs improvement. The next step is to choose which aspect needs improvement the most in your current situation.
3. Determine which action is suitable
You can determine which action is suitable by figuring out if you are willing to and can take the action. For example, if your mental health is bad, taking actions to improve your social life is not the right action. Instead, you focus on the things that will improve your mental health and strength. Think about who you want to be a year from now. If you want to improve your financial health, your focus from now on should be on how to build another source of income, not joining the gym or improving your social skills. The clearer you set your goal, the more focused you will be.
4. Start small and improve by 1%
Start improving from where you are. You don’t have to figure it all. Improving daily by 1% can give wonderful results and create discipline.
For example, if your goal is to gain muscles. So you decided to join the gym. It doesn’t matter how weak you look or if people think you can’t gain muscle, just start. If you can only deadlift 140 pounds in the beginning, that’s great. Set how much your 1% is and try to deadlift more pounds every time you go to the gym. This can be applied to any of your goals.
If you are a runner, and the distance you run in the morning is 1-4 miles. You can set your 1% to be 0.2 miles or 0.3 and increase the miles you always cover. Run those miles according to your schedule.
With time you will see the improvement in your life and health with no decline in motivation and the desire to improve.
5. Interact with the process, not the goal
Shift your thoughts and admiration from the goal to the process. Find enjoyment in the process of reaching your goal. If you don’t enjoy taking the actions that will get you to your goal, then that action isn’t worth the time. Those with fit bodies and big muscles love how their bodies look, but they enjoy lifting weights and the sense of power you feel when lifting weights. In the process of improving your life, you will do things you’ve never done before, but you have to enjoy it. You live a less enjoyable life if you are not enjoying the process. You don’t have to enjoy the goal more, but the process to achieve that goal.
6. Don’t act on feeling
No matter how beneficial your goal is to yourself, you will face emotional resistance. Moving or acting based on how you feel will stop you from improving your life. Every great thing in life requires some sacrifice. You have to force yourself to go to the gym, though you are feeling tired. Force yourself to read when you feel bored. To be honest, improving your life won’t be easy, as I explained in the above steps. Improving your life by 1% will benefit your life, but it won’t come easy. You have to cross your rationalization or justification when you don’t feel like putting in the work.
Not saying you don’t have to listen to your body, but when these thoughts are just excuses; you have to cross them and do the work. You will thank yourself and be proud that you didn’t fall for these thoughts. For example, if it’s your gym time and you start getting thoughts like “I need to rest” or “take a break to prevent burnout.” It’s that you are lazy to go to the gym and your mind is finding ways to distract you. Acting based on how you feel and not what’s needed to be done will prevent you from improving. It’s okay to cancel going to the gym if you are feeling sick. But most of the resistance you will face is full of excuses.
7. Practice discipline
Creating discipline when improving by 1% is not hard if you are interacting with the process. But still, you will face resistance that needs your discipline. Discipline is being able to say no to all the things that don’t serve you and your goal. Improving your life and changing it for the better requires a strong sense of discipline.