Success is the sum of small efforts

This is a very interesting topic to talk about indeed. Let us see how our regular list of achievement looks like…..

  1. Lose weight
  2. Eat Healthy
  3. Earn more
  4. Build on an alternative source of income
  5. Fit into your favourite dress by this year end
  6. Go on overseas holidays
  7. Improve fitness……..

And, the list goes on and on……

But, the only question I have to ask you is, ‘How many of these have you been able to achieve?’ None perhapsJ. And, is not just your story but of every other person you will meet.

So, what could be the reason for this?

Lack of consistency…….am I right? But, why are we not able to pursue with our newly formed habits to achieve our goals. Well, the reason for this lack of consistency could be lack of motivation, lack of time, unrealistic goals, or you may simply give up when you are feeling demotivated for not getting desired results.

So, this is why I thought of introducing you to the amazing power of those small habits that can help you achieve all that is on your list.

The miraculous power of small habits

I would like to substantiate the miraculous power of small habits with a real-life example that will say it all. The British cycling talent had hit the shrink way back in the 20th century. The British had just won one Olympics in 110 years. With repetitive failure, the entire team was demoralized, and even the British cycle manufacturers refused to supply their bicycles to their own riders.

The entire world knew British cyclists as losers, and nobody had any hopes left from them. In 2003, a new performance director, Mr. Brailsford, was hired. He worked on a simple theory of aggregation of marginal gains. This theory believed that if you break down every single goal into bits and try to improve those bits by just 1%, then you will get a brilliant increase in the final outcome.

You won’t believe the small changes he did to Briton’s cycling practices. Brailsford looked for making just 1% changes to the regular cycling practices, equipment, training, environment to give drastic results. He believed in bringing small changes to the most neglected areas where nobody ever paid attention. Here is what he did:

  • The cycle seats were redesigned to make them more comfortable.
  • Alcohol was rubbed on tyres to give them a better grip.
  • A surgeon was brought on board to teach the cyclists the best way to wash hands to avoid infection.
  • The pillows and mattresses were changed to bring comfort while sleeping.
  • The truck containing eatables and other things were painted white from inside to identify little dust that might have settled.
  • The best massage gels were identified which could lead to the fastest muscle recovery, etc.

So, Brailsford was courageous and wise enough to make small changes in every possible aspect of cycling. After 5 years, Olympics were held in Beijing, and to everyone’s utter surprise, Britons won 60% gold medals in most cycling events.

Nobody could believe that Britons could perform so well almost after a century. The credit goes to their new supervisor and director, who believed in changing small habits to get magnified results.

The above example is mentioned by James Clear in his book Atomic habits.  The small habits similarly can help us achieve all that is there on our wish list. For example, just drinking a cup of green tea or drinking two more glasses of water, or walking just one mile extra just once in a week may not show any instant results. But, these small habits will sum up to give you significant results over a longer period. Once you will achieve the desired result, then you will be able to see how small things summed up to bring you closer to your goal.

I wish you got the message of how small habits can give magnified results. If you like this piece of thought, please…..please share it with your friends.

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