The 2% Secret

Saturday, January 15, 2011

I posted this over in the 'Success Secrets' page ...

A lot of motivational speakers will try to charge up their audience to give "110%" every day, with an image that through motivation you will levitate by your own energy above the crowd. The problem is that when you try to leap above every day, it isn't very long before you are pooped.

I think people who are consistently successful just do a little more each day, just 2% more, but they do it every day for a long time. Eventually it compounds into big results.

I've held this theory ever since Officer Training School. It was like a long 12 week race. The folks who finished at the top were often not the 'stars' who might crash back to earth. The folks who put in just a tiny 2% more each long day, they finished the race strong.
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    Great post! This is why I just make it my goal to lose .5 to 1 lb per month or so. It eases the pressure off of me for some reason. I also started exercising for 30 minutes per day when I began Spark again last November, and now I try to get 60-120 per day.
    3196 days ago
    I totally agree!
    Baby steps are the way I travel!
    3196 days ago
    Interesting twist for weight loss... your goal might seem unattainable, but can you strive to attain 2% of your goal? If you goal is 100 pounds, 2% is only 2 which seems quite achievable! 50 weeks of attaining 2% each week is huge!
    3196 days ago
    Have never heard of the 2% twist on motivation, but have listened to many motivational speakers and took several seminars on the subject. Basically most of the rules for motivation are the same and you as an individual tailor your motivation to fit you as an individual. But I like the concept of the 2% because it is difficult to make the leap to float over the crowd. It take practice and consistency.
    3196 days ago
    It's just like the sports announcer said "Keep making those 10 yards and eventually you'll score!". So I think your right! emoticon
    3196 days ago
    I love it!!! Awesome idea!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3196 days ago
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