Updated: Dec 19, 2018
In James Clear's incredible book, Atomic Habits, he tells the story of the British Cycling team turning around a century of mediocrity into a decade of domination, including setting seven world records in a single Olympics.
Their strategy? The aggregation of marginal gains. They broke down every aspect of riding a bike and strive to improve it by 1 percent. They redesigned bike seats and wore electrically heated shorts. The team even changed how they washed their hands to prevent colds and determined the best pillows and mattresses for good sleep.
So often, we try to make sweeping changes versus looking at the little things. But, the small improvements are what ultimately add up to significant change. If you improve by 1% every single day, you will be 37 times better than you were at the start of the year.
So today, think small. Pick a 1% change. Then do it again tomorrow.