2016. A brand new year with a clean slate, and fresh New Years Resolutions.
There’s nothing wrong with goals, but I’ve never been a bigger believer in New Years Resolutions. Here’s why… I could never wrap my head around the whole “New Year. New Me.” attitude. I’m a huge advocate for consistent self-improvement, year-round.
“Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.” – Jim Rohn
I kinda view self-improvement as an investment. Instead of investing in myself just once a year, geared towards fulfilling my New Years Resolutions. My goal is to invest in myself every day. I choose to work on myself daily and become a better version of myself. It’s kinda like riding a bike. Sure, it’s easy to become complacent and not want to move forward. But if you don’t keep moving, you’re bound to fail.
What’s the secret? Start Small.
You’ve heard the saying about forming a new habit, right? “It takes 22 Days to Form a Habit.” However, that’s actually a myth. It takes a MINIMUM of 22 days to begin to form a new habit. But studies have shown that it takes more than 2 months before a habit starts to stick.
Success is a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.
That’s when the concept of Aggregation of Marginal Gains comes into play. It’s based off Dave Brailsford the General Manager and Performance Director for Team Sky (GreatBritian’s professional cycling team) and his approach to winning the Tour de France. There’s a really cool story behind his concept. Brailsford’s belief was that if you improved in every area that was related to cycling by just 1%, then those small improvements would add up to something remarkable. So instead of focusing on BIG results, why not focus on improving just 1%?
Sadly, often times we convince ourselves that in order to make earth-shattering improvements, we need to take BIG drastic steps in order to change. But that’s not always true, raindrops make a river. So keep investing in yourself.