May 19, 2020

All It Takes Is 1% Improvement

Why does getting ahead seem so overwhelming?

There’s always too much to do.  And worse, there never seems to be enough time, money or energy for achieving our biggest life goals.

Well, for the next few weeks, I’d like to challenge you to work on improving your life just 1% at a time.  That’s right: together we’ll take “baby steps” towards lowering your stress level, bringing balance to your finances, work life, family relationships, and more.

The reality is that there’s a lot to be stressed about today.  But relief is attainable with one or two small “wins” every few days – like paying off just one bill or decluttering just one room or setting just one new boundary with the kids.

Of course, the concept of “1% Improvement” isn’t new.  Many personal growth experts encourage us to do small things that have a large impact.  But I especially like the way this concept is described in the bestselling book Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World: identify what’s not working in your life, then write down three tasks you could do tomorrow to solve just one problem or eliminate just one source of stress.

I’m up for that kind of to-do list … how about you?

Over the next few weeks, I’ll guide you in making plans, taking steps, and sharing your wins with others as you decide to make “1% Improvement”.  It’s what the Oola lifestyle taught me, and it’s what I help others do as an Oola Certified Life Coach.

Start Today: Make a List of What’s Not Working

Today, let’s take an inventory.  Do you have stress in any of “The 7 F’s of Oola” (below)? Write down your list of what’s not working in a journal or on your smartphone, so you can refer back to it.

Fitness: Excess weight?  Poor Nutrition?  Little Exercise?

Finance: Crushing debt?  No retirement plan?  Too many bills?

Family: Need boundaries?  Marriage on life support?

Field: Career stress?  No free time?  Low pay or benefits?

Faith: No real relationship with God?  Need a daily practice?

Friends: Toxic friends that bring you down?  Need mentors?

Fun: No time for fun?  Waiting until you’re older or retired?

Whatever is stressing you, create your list of what’s not working … then comment below and share where you’d like to make improvements (but hey, don’t reveal personal details you don’t want others to read!).

Tomorrow, I’ll give you a “1% Improvement” strategy for tackling the daily steps needed to achieve the life you want.  Stay tuned!  It will be a life-changing post that transforms the way you focus on your future.

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