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1% Better Every Day


Right after I won the Heavy Weight Title at Masters Worlds

I remember having a conversation with West Kelowna head instructor Clint Cooper at a Saturday open mat. We were talking about his artwork (however it is blatantly obvious he also applies this concept to his phenomenal Jiu-Jitsu and instruction as well).

He said something that impacted me greatly: ‘There is always a better way to do something. In drawing there is always a better way to sharpen the pencil, a better way to angle the pencil to paper, a better way to adjust the pressure behind the pencil…’ I stopped listening after that.


There is always a better way to do something.


1% better every day.


This idea that small improvements, tiny habits, little choices are not just a cherry on top of our performance or a nice thing to have but actually can be the key that unlocks significant success.


How I look at is is - If I can be better by 1% every day think of how much you will have improved in a week, a month, six months, a year.


Albert Einstein said it very well “compounding is the greatest mathematical discovery of all time’.


Everyone wants radical success. However what most people don’t realize is these small decisions every day are transforming us. On the flip side, if we become 1% worse every day that also will compound. The decision to eat a good meal or a bad meal, to drink tonight or not to drink tonight, to do yoga or watch netflix. Whether it is a good decision or bad decision these will compound.


Habits are compound interest of self-improvement. If we can master these habits then we can make time work for us rather than against us.


First we form habits, then they form us.


Good habits make time your ally.


Bad habits make time your enemy.


This post was inspired by Clint and explained by James Clear. Make sure to watch the youtube video below James talks about how we can form those habits. Very well done, informative, interesting and inspiring:




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