I’ve been recommending a book by Tom Connellan, Inside the Magic Kingdom, for years and I have great respect and admiration for Tom’s wisdom and his work–today, I’d like to share with you a guest blog written by Tom.
The Next Big Thing Is Small, Completely under Your Control
Something You Can Do Right Now Which Produces Massive Results in 71 Days
Could you improve some aspect of your personal or professional life by 1% by this time tomorrow? Of course you could!
At the close of my keynotes over the past 48 months, I’ve asked thousands of people that question. In all that time, no one has ever said, “Nah, I can’t make a 1% improvement–not in a day, anyway.” The response has been just the opposite: “Only 1%?” . . . “That’s doable.” . . . “Piece of cake.” . . .”Anyone can improve something by 1% in a day–probably more.” These responses are exactly right–it IS a piece of cake.
Let’s take an example of something a lot of people want to improve: their listening skills. You could be 1% better at listening to other members of your networking group at your next meeting. You could be 1% better at listening to your clients, colleagues, and the people who work for you. You could be 1% better at listening to your kids, your spouse . . . you get the idea.
The best part? If you improve by just 1% every day, in 71 days you will be twice as good. If you think you can’t last 71 days, then in just 42 days, you will be one and a half times as good. (And once you see the difference it makes in your life, I bet you will keep going.)
Just as compounding interest grows your bank balance even if you add only small deposits, making daily bite-sized chunks of improvement brings an outsized boost to your skill level. Imagine the edge you would have over your competitors if you were twice as good at listening to your clients’ needs and your colleagues’ ideas. Think of how much better your relationships would be if you were deeply listening and communicating with the people you love.
It’s true. The next big thing is 1% and making a 1& improvement is easy.
So, why isn’t everybody doing it already? Because not making a 1% improvement is even easier. Inertia holds us in place. As Newton said, a body at rest stays at rest. We make up all sorts of excuses for not starting now, or tomorrow, or the day after that.
The only way to get past inertia is to put yourself in motion. Go ahead and make that first 1% improvement. The game will begin to change. You will overcome inertia and start gathering momentum, because a body in motion stays in motion.
All you have to do is start. Now. Pick something that matters to you. Choose to be 1% better. It probably won’t even take a day–more like a minute.
So just start!
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To find out more about Tom Connellan, please visit: www.tomconnellan.com.