This post is all about a very simple (but super powerful) philosophy that improves efficiency, creates steady long-term growth, and basically helps you change some long term bad habits.

It’s fuelled by one simple principle:

Do 1 percent better every day.

You might have heard of “kaizen” before, which is the idea of doing 1% better every single day. It’s all about small, continuous improvements. When you add them all up, they lead to large changes.

What’s even more amazing is that the changes created this way actually “stick”.

That’s because they didn’t require any major changes all at once. Instead, they were built up over a period of time, which means you learn to manage and maintain good habits along the way.

And that’s exactly what you want!

Let’s say you want to increase your business network and keep in better contact with the clients you already have. Instead of committing to speak with significantly more people tomorrow, what if you went for the low-hanging fruit? By that I mean, gradually changing the things that are easiest for you to change.

You could commit to contacting one past client from your blacklist each day. Instead of searching for a new client, call a past client that decided to use a competitor in the past each day. Instead of just having a phone conversation with your clients, meet up with one of them each week for a face to face chat on your way to or from the office.

Effectively do something each day that you would have not done in the past.

Don’t make these changes all at once. Just one change at a time, over time. Can you see how before long, as you fold these new habits into your life, they will add up to a HUGE transformation in your network?

It can be tempting to go all out when things are a little tough. We tend to panic and do as much as we can in a short period – and it’s true that you may see some results in the short-term, but you won’t be able to keep it up and you will soon go back to your old habits.So, when it comes to changing your mindset and building new habits that stick, studies show that making smaller changes can be more helpful.

Small progress adds up to big progress.