I’ve been thinking about 1%. I talked about the big learning lesson I had last month. I managed to reach adulthood with the idea perfection is possible. It’s not, we all make mistakes…even me! Much of my time has been focused on how I can do better. I went to counseling to talk about it, worked out, meditated and sat in giant pools of heart broken tears. When I was tired of mopping my face, I decided on a 1% approach. “1” just might be the best number ever. `
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou
I’m forgiving myself for old mistakes by 1%. That’s tough, self forgiveness is a personal and ongoing challenge.
I’m sensitive and get upset easily. Recently I’ve tried to stop and try a 1% truth test. Is what I think about that comment or situation 1% true? 2%? 50% true? 75%?…I have yet to get past 50% in over a month. Most situations are easily brushed off or forgotten if you take a second, more calm look at them.
A 1% approach to fitness works too. It’s easy to work on just 1%. If I try for 1% each month, I’ll be down 12% in one year equaling 17 pounds. Guess what that would be? My goal weight.
It works with money too. 1% week could be an easily stashed amount. If you make $1000 a week, that’s 10 bucks. In a year and you will have saved $520. Or try reducing your debt by an extra 1% each month.
Here’s what I’m thinking. Small changes add up. Try something yourself. What change could you build over time with 1%?
Suggestions for you…
Hold a plank for 1% longer each day. Start with 10 seconds and build up.
Walk or run 1% longer each day. Start with as little as 1 minute out and 1 minute back.
Try to be 1% kinder.
Smile 1% longer.
Give 1% of a paycheck to a charity or someone you know in need.
Sleep 1% longer.
Eat 1% better.
Meditate for 1 minute and add 1% daily.