The Ten Percent Advantage: How to Make Progress Every Day
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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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.
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.
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.
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.’
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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