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 training. 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!