Great people are really just ordinary people with an extraordinary amount of determination. Great people don’t know how to quit. Rather than listen to how they feel and procrastinate doing what they ought to do, they talk themselves into doing what they need to do.
Here’s a simple, transformative question to ask yourself every morning: How will I move 1% forward today?
1% better. 1% smarter. 1% kinder. 1% happier. 1% more empathetic. 1% more compassionate. 1% more loving. 1% more patient. 1% more peaceful. 1% more gentle. 1% more faithful. 1% more in control of my emotions.
Be aware and be intentional. Talk to yourself and then do.
1% over time really adds up. Before you know it, you’ll be a different person. And you won’t recognize your old self.
Here’s another way to look at it. To accomplish something significant, what’s more palatable?
- Do 100% in 1 day?
- Do 1% in 100 days?
Both get the same result, however #2 is much more attractive. You can approach life with that simple game plan. Because we often feel like we don’t have what it takes today, we need to remember that God gives us strength only as we start doing. He will be with us every 1% step of the way.
As we find the courage to start doing, we then find the strength. God works His strength within us only as we start working. That’s real encouragement.
You can accomplish extraordinary things 1 day, 1% at a time.