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The Ten Percent Advantage: How to Make Progress Every Day

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The Ten Percent Advantage: How to Make Progress Every Day
The antidote to inertia "Change has to be hard because you're fighting against inertia." ― James Thornton When you are exhausted, change feels hard (or even impossible). Most people wake up in the morning full of dreams - they want to change themselves completely.

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Wanting everything at once

Wanting everything at once

Most people want to change themselves completely. The problem is wanting to do everything at once.

Because this intense motivational boost can backfire — you shift from over-enthusiasm to total frustration. Achieving your goals requires building momentum, to progressively develop your capacity and strength.

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Success

Success

It is a byproduct of self-discipline — it requires a method, not just a positive attitude.

Rather than worrying about the end result, focus on how to make daily progress.

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Self-control is limited

Self-control is limited
Self-control is critical to developing new habits and overcome resistance.

But by pushing ourselves too hard, we exhaust the mental muscles needed to stay focused, to avoid temptations, and to persist in the face of frustration or failure. 

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The ‘change gap’

The ‘change gap’

It is the tension between the ‘current state’ and ‘desired state’ that creates anxiety and fear.

Most people feel paralyzed — they focus on ‘the gap’ (how much they need to accomplish) versus on moving forward.

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The ten percent advantage

The ten percent advantage
Focus on making small everyday progressWhat is the 10% change that is going to move your life forward?

If you aim for small gains, you won’t exhaust yourself. Making continuous progress will generate momentum; thus, building confidence and helping you focus on the ongoing success rather than on the ‘change gap.’

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Momentum is the antidote to inertia

Momentum is the antidote to inertia

Momentum is the force that something has when it is moving. It’s the strength that allows you to keep going — it grows stronger and faster with time.

Momentum is when your preparation starts to make sense — your effort becomes visible in the form of achievements. Momentum is a rewarding and joyful feeling.

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Making progress

... ten percent at a time:

  • Prioritize your first steps: focus on one or two things you want to improve. Keep change simple.
  • No step is too small: focus on gaining momentum.
  • Celebrate small wins: Acknowledging progress is vital to consolidate the momentum and keep yourself going.
  • Focus on the gain, not on the gap: Focus on your daily 10%

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Of all the different things you can try to improve your productivity, a morning routine is one of the most effective:

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When it comes to productivity, getting enough sleep is essential. Any morning routine you develop needs to accommodate your sleeping rhythms.

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