Originally posted on April 2, 2011
If you’ve been here for awhile, you’ve probably heard me mention this rule. I first read about it in a book called ‘Raving Fans’ by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles. If you work in a customer service industry, which I believe every business is, this book is worth the 2 hours it’ll take you to read it…. now back to the 1% rule.
When I read this rule I felt that it was so good, I try to apply it to every aspect of my life, but especially in CrossFit.
The rule is try to improve by small increments always…. specifically by 1% a week.
If you improve by 1% a week, at the end of a year you’ve improved 52% in simple math, if you actually compound out the interest it is a great deal higher, but let’s not get into higher math!
1%…what does that mean you ask? How about 5lbs on a lift, 1 more rep on the pull up bar before coming off of it is a good goal, running just a bit further on the 400m run before you walk, coming all 3 times this week instead of just 2 or doing the homework that we gave you this week, eating a meat and vegetable for breakfast instead of a bagel all of these are good weekly goals.
Think about what you can improve by every week and make that your goal for the week.
Always be working towards something! What are some of your 1% goals?
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50 double unders or 150 singles
5 rounds for time