The 10 Percent Rule: Making Big Progress in Small Steps

When you feel tired, it will be very difficult to try to make changes on any subject. (may even be impossible). Most people wake up in the morning from their sleep and feel an overwhelming desire for a drastic change in their lives

The 10 Percent Rule: Making Big Progress in Small Steps

They want to be smarter, more creative, more successful, more valuable; more, more, more. You name it. This scenario is familiar to you, right? So why do we behave like that?

I think the main problem is that we want to do everything in one go.

Such an intense increase in motivation that we feel in the morning hours may not always produce the desired result - we switch from excessive enthusiasm to great disappointment.

Well, is it possible to get rid of the stasis of the life you are in and accelerate our lives? Is there an antidote to immobility?

Dreaming big increases your motivation significantly, but when it comes to accelerating your life, it alone will not be enough. To achieve your goals, you need to create a mental momentum (movement / movement) - that is, you must gradually develop your capacity and strength without draining your mind tank completely.

This method, called the ten percent rule, helps you make progress without tiring yourself.

Don't Kill Your Chances Of Succeed Altogether.

The main problem with goals is that people cannot set realistic goals - everyone is after more, they have big dreams, and they desire to achieve success in a single night.

People not only dream of creating a song or video they love, but also dream of going viral with them. However, "getting something big" or "going viral" isn't the only way to be successful - sometimes the payoff from playing small can be much greater.

We do not advocate that you should keep your goals low. The main problem is not that you set daring goals, but that you use the wrong approach on your way to those goals.

Instead of worrying about the outcome, you should focus on the amount of progress you can make on a daily basis. Success is a by-product of self-discipline - it requires not only a positive attitude but also a thorough method.

Having the ability to control yourself is critical in developing new habits and breaking your resistance.

However, self-control is also a resource that is very tiring.

When we overstrain ourselves, we deplete the mental muscles that we can use to think creatively, stay focused, avoid tempting stimuli, or stand upright in the face of disappointment or failure. We spend the last drop of our mental muscles for the sake of making a significant change.

So we humans make the change process even more difficult because we wear ourselves in doing so. "What looks like laziness is usually exhaustion."

You may be killing your chances of success without even realizing it. Remember, too much effort can dampen your enthusiasm by minimizing your chances of making the change you want.

What is the Ten Percent Rule?

The "difference of change" paralyzes both people and companies.

This difference between "current state" and "desired state"; It creates tension, anxiety and fear. Most people feel utterly helpless - instead of focusing on moving forward, they focus on that difference, the fact that how hard they have to work to achieve.

The Ten Percent Rule is a change approach proposed by Sakyong Mipham.

What you have to do is very simple: focus on small, daily developments.

If you aim for small gains, you won't exhaust yourself completely. Continuous progress will create momentum in your life; Thus, you can focus on ongoing success rather than building trust or getting stuck in the 'difference of change'.

As Mipham said: "We must implement the 10% rule for the peace of our mind. This progress you will make gradually, ie 10% increments, will provide you an advantage. Even if you think you are standing still, your mind and life will have made at least 10% progress. "

So, what is the 10% change that will take your life forward?

When you wake up in the morning, think about what you want to change - determine what the 10% change you want to create to move your life forward.

Mipham suggests approaching change with a sense of humor. “Only 10% you know you can handle this. Let the other 90% be ruined by your sadness. Look to save 10%. "

Getting new habits or letting go of old ones is never easy. Trying to quit smoking overnight is often an ineffective approach. Reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke per day or the amount of cigarettes you light by 10% (daily or weekly) makes your goal more achievable.

Aiming less is also a humble act. By doing so, you agree that you cannot change everything at once. Instead of trying to be perfect, you focus on perfecting yourself 10 percent at a time.

Humility favors brave people; unrealistic passions strain your chances of success. Mental fatigue weakens your already weakened body.

Sports trainers and coaches use a similar method. The 10 percent rule helps people improve their physical performance without any risk of injury.

This approach is suitable for both novice and demanding sports enthusiasts. It allows them to make the most of their exercise while reducing their risk of injury by setting a weekly increase limit for them. The critical point here is that you don't try to improve any point you are trying to improve - such as distance, density, weight, or length - by no more than 10 percent per week.

For example, if you run 20 km a week but want to do more, you should add another 2 km to this total next week.

When it comes to training your mind or body, you should aim for progress; This will allow you to increase your performance without tiring yourself to death.

The Antidote to Laziness is Movement.

“Life is difficult. However, every moment we choose to make an effort, to do something, makes us happy ”. - Peter Doobinin

Momentum helps you increase your success by giving you momentum. Momentum, or motion, is the force that something has in motion. This power that keeps you going - it gets much stronger and faster over time.

Movement doesn't just mean you gain speed; When your preparation starts to make sense, your effort will become visible in the form of successes. So motion is a rewarding and joyful emotion.

"The beauty of the unexpected is also hidden in the surprise of the momentum, both the last drop of the glass and your waiting for that last drop are equally important."

Sports science use the term momentum to describe not only energy, but also cognition, emotionality, impact, physiology, and emotional change in behavior caused by an event that alters competitors' perceptions, performance, or the outcome of their actions.

Positive momentum is associated with competitive phases such as a win streak.

In the multidimensional model related to the concept of momentum in sports created by Jim Taylor and Andrew Demick, it is seen that there are six basic elements of creating a momentum chain.

The triggering event reshapes the participants' perception of the possible outcome, like a goalkeeper who prevents a player taking a penalty kick in a soccer match from scoring a goal. This event creates an emotional response that renews optimism and confidence.

This vibrant mindset translates into a "performance change" visible to both actors and outside observers. There is fluid momentum in sport, but it's never constant - it can shift quickly from one team to another. In this sense, self-control will once again be critical to calmness and focus.

The ten percent rule facilitates momentum generation. Every 10% increase on a daily or weekly basis becomes a difficult event in its own right - and it triggers positive emotions.

As you keep making progress, you associate each “10% increase” with a change in performance. This constant rhythm will turn into a chain reaction, as described by Sakyong Mipham: “The progress you make gradually begins to make sense, that is to seep into other aspects of your life. "

Momentum is not just an energy booster; it is also the antidote to laziness. Keeping a consistent rhythm will keep you "alive".

Implement the Ten Percent Rule.

Change is not always impossible. It just requires you to change some of your behavior. The Ten Percent Rule allows you to be responsible for your own destiny by focusing on small gains while giving momentum to your actions.

Let's get to how you implement this rule ...

1- Determine what your first step will be.

Your first step towards effective change should be to focus on one or two things you want to improve. Throughout the process I helped companies accelerate their change processes, I witnessed each of them trying to change everything overnight. Company executives insist not to back down until they realize how anxious and exhausted their teams are by a 'long to-do list'.

You have to keep change simple. Focus. The goal of your first step should be to try to build trust, not change everything overnight.

2- No step is too small.

When you start small, a 10% increase may seem insignificant. But once again you need to focus on gaining momentum. Soon these incremental decks will become visible - as one builds on top of the other.

The most effective behavioral changes occur naturally and without feeling. - so you enjoy being the team that wins the game, not the small changes that make you reach the goal.

3- Celebrate small wins.

It is essential that you accept the progress, consolidate the momentum you are creating and force yourself to continue. Whether you're working on your own or with a team, you have to create a powerful ritual to celebrate your achievements.

We had a big "bell" to celebrate progress in a previous workplace. Every time you heard that strong gong sound of the bell, it meant success for an individual or a team. The more the bell rings during a day, the more energetic we would all feel. Remember, celebrations are contagious - everyone wants the gong-ringing turn to come to them one day.

4- Focus on your gain, not the difference between what happened and what should happen.

When you look too far ahead, you only focus on your future, and cease to appreciate what is happening right now. Try to focus on what you are accomplishing right now rather than getting stuck with what should happen in the future.

Focus on your daily or weekly target of 10%. Spend your energy thinking about how to achieve this small progress goal rather than worrying about your ultimate goal. Remember, you can reach your league championship goal only by leaving points from every match you play.

5- Teams that experience change together are much more connected to each other.

The Ten Percent Rule is an excellent approach where speed and the level of common expectations with high likelihood are determined. You can see a lot of people stuck in teams because of their perfectionism - some even tend to complicate things too much, others feel that any transformation should be a bit of a baggage.

Having a common approach to how (and how fast) your team can improve helps you speed up the adaptation process and focus your full attention on the present and the now.

The Ten Percent Rule will lead you to a much more realistic and pragmatic approach to driving change in your life, saving you from being over-enthusiastic.

Take this approach as your guide. For some, a 10% change may seem very little; for some, this is a big change. Do not neglect to listen to your body while exercising or relaxing your mental muscles.

Remember that any pain you will hear during sports is a sign of initial resistance - you are fighting stagnation or straining your performance. However, when this pain is excessive, it indicates that you are pushing yourself more than necessary.