I was feeling frustrated the other day with my lack of improvement in CrossFit. Maybe you can relate. Have you ever worked on something, and didn’t feel like you were getting any better? This can be aggravating. I felt like I was putting in a lot of time and effort, but I didn’t feel like I was getting much of a return on my investment.
Something my coach said made a lot of sense to me. He encouraged me to look for the 1% improvement. He said it’s natural to want to see massive improvements all the time, but that expectation isn’t realistic. If I’m only going to be happy if I see huge improvements all the time, I was setting myself up for disappointment.
Instead, he said to celebrate the small, incremental improvements. Was I able to do one or two more reps than before? Could I lift one or two more pounds than before? Was my form getting just a little bit better than before? Etc. Tiny improvements over a long period of time add up to big changes in the long run.
The key is in the 1%.
Discussion: Are you frustrated because you aren’t seeing huge improvements in a particular area of your life? What would it look like to change your focus and look for the 1% improvement?