1% Is All It Takes to Make a Change 

by | Jul 10, 2023 | Personal Development

We are huge fans of change and often speak about the challenges we’ve overcome in our lives to become who we are today. Although you might not know it when you meet us, Matt used to be intensely shy and self-conscious, while Briley used to be bullied so much that she had to transfer high schools.  

How is it that we’ve been able to flip our lives around so drastically? Matt attributes it to this mindset: “We wanted to grow ourselves 1% every day.”  

Leave Your Comfort Zone 

Change only happens when you leave your comfort zone, so if you’re aiming to be 1% better every day, start there. Get into the habit of being uncomfortable. Whether it’s trying something new at your favorite restaurant or getting in the habit of talking to new people everywhere you go, try to do something every day that scares you. Each experience builds on another, and you will be conquering tasks you never thought you could in no time. 

Don’t Fear Failure 

We often talk about “failing forward,” a phrase by John C. Maxwell©. The idea is that falling flat on your face is still a step forward. Matt said, “If you have the right attitude about it and are failing forward and learning from your failures, you are actually getting results.” 

This can be a really hard concept to grasp. Our society values the illusion of perfection. It only takes a quick scroll through Instagram™ to see this in action. Your feed is snapshots of success. What you don’t see are the 3,000 imperfect photos that didn’t get posted. Try to normalize failure in your life and treat it as a building block instead of a stumbling block. 

Target Your Habits 

According to a 2011 study, habits are what make up 43% of our daily actions. While we might feel that we are making conscious decisions throughout our day, a lot of those choices are driven by habit. 

In order to improve 1% every day, try changing your habits. This isn’t just getting rid of bad ones but replacing them with good ones. Need somewhere to begin?  

  • Get in the habit of taking vitamins and supplements every day. 
  • Drink more water!  The Mayo Clinic recommends 15.5 cups for men and 11.5 cups for women, but this can change drastically depending on your lifestyle and body composition. Get in the habit of sipping on water throughout the day … especially when you aren’t thirsty! 
  • Get into an exercise routine. This doesn’t mean you need to start training for the CrossFit™ Games today (although that’s an awesome goal!). Going for a walk every day is a place to start, especially if you don’t have this habit yet. 

Hold yourself accountable for your habits and push yourself to meet your goals. If it’s 9:00 p.m. and you haven’t exercised yet, go for a quick walk around your block, or do a short workout before bed. Fitness Blender is a great (and free) resource that lets you filter videos based on duration, fitness level, exercise type, and even calorie burn. You can still get a quick workout in with only 10 minutes in your day, to keep up your great habit. 

While it may feel like you are only changing your health habits, you can use this as a springboard to change other parts of your routine. Maybe you struggle with public speaking and want to get into the habit of speaking up in work meetings. Let the momentum of change move through all areas of your life.  

Change Is Worth It 

No one said that change would be easy, but it is worth every moment spent working toward a new goal. Improving just 1% every day is a simple way to remember that small changes make the biggest results in our lives.  

Looking to improve your mindset? Read our blog, “Mindsets That You Need to Live Your Best Life.”