“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” - Michael Jordan

One of the best approaches I have seen for achieving a dream is to focus on being 1% better.

I work with a lot of incredible athletes, but it isn’t always talent that drives achievement. What sets the best performing athletes apart is their dedication to training at a consistently high level. And among that group, there is a factor that sets even the elite athletes apart: lifestyle.

Athletes with daily habits and behaviours consistent with their goals tend to be the most successful. I call them “24-hour athletes.”

This is a key idea for this program. To live a life consistent with your dreams and goals, you have to be committed to improving how you eat, sleep, exercise and think. A 1% change might not seem like much, but small improvements each and every day will amplify your life.

Dave Brailsford who coached the Team Sky cycling team that won the Tour de France in 2012 and 2013, also applied the principle of aggregating 1% gains. They started by optimizing tire pressure, then working on nutrition, then fitting the bikes to the riders better. This process continued and repeated itself over and over. Ultimately, this approach helped his riders to many championships and medals.

What Team Sky is doing in sports, you can do with yourself. Being just 1% better every day is like compound interest for your body and mind, where every day’s gain gets added to yesterday’s “principle” so that you earn results on your results. Doing something small each day will leave you with more of everything: more strength, more confidence and more possibilities.

As we work through all of the advice, information and suggestions of the program, stay focused on micro-improvements. They will build the foundation that supports your dream.

Today's POWER-UP

A 1% IMPROVEMENT IN YOUR LIFESTYLE WILL HAVE A MULTIPLIED EFFECT ON YOUR PERFORMANCE AND HAPPINESS. AS WE WORK THROUGH ALL OF THE ADVICE, INFORMATION AND SUGGESTIONS OF THE PROGRAM, STAY FOCUSED ON MICRO-IMPROVEMENTS. THEY WILL BUILD THE FOUNDATION THAT SUPPORTS YOUR DREAM.

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