As my journey of self discovery began many years ago I wanted to figure out how I could increase my performance indefinitely in every area of my life. So I began studying the habits of successful people by reading autobiographies, success journals and books and networking and associating with other successful people in my community.
This formula is called the 1000% formula. Brian based this formula on a universal law called The Law of Incremental Improvement. This law basically states that progress takes place over time in small incremental steps. It’s best to describe this law by remembering this quote, “By the yard it’s hard, but inch by inch, anything’s a cinch.”
Remember change and progress takes place slowly and it doesn’t happen by one or two quantum leaps. The person you are today was a result of all the choices and habits you’ve adapted up to this point. To become someone different, you must be willing to work hard and have the determination to become someone different. Lasting and permanent change happens progressively over a long period of time.
Brian suggests that if you continually learn, study, upgrade your skills and set priorities on your tasks, you could increase your overall productivity and performance by one tenth of one percent each day, day after day, indefinitely.
This formula is called the 1000% formula because if you make these small, incremental changes you could increase your performance and earning power by 1000% over the next decade. For example Brian wrote:
“If you become one tenth of one percent more productive each day, five days per week, at the end of one week you will be one half of one percent more productive (1/10 x 5 =.5%). At the end of four weeks, you will be two percent more productive (4 x.5% = 2%). At the end of fifty-two weeks, you will be 26% more productive than you were at the beginning of the year (13 x 2% =26%). By becoming 26% more productive over the course of a year, and continuing to improve by one tenth of one percent per day, five days a week, you will actually double your overall productivity, performance and output in 2.7 years. If you continue learning, growing and becoming more effective and efficient, an improvement of 26% per year, compounded over ten years, will result in an increase of 1004% in your overall productivity in one decade. “
This reminds me of the compound effect that Darren Hardy talks about in his book. Darren says that if you make small, smart choices consistently over time you will reap huge rewards. Increasing your overall productivity by 1000% in a decade could mean a huge gain in your earning power.
Here are the seven steps in the 1000% Formula that will guarantee that you become at least one tenth of one percent better daily, one half percent better each week, two percent better each month and 26% better each year.
First, arise two hours before you’re off to your job and read for one hour that will upgrade your skills. Do not let anything else distract you during this period.
Second, rewrite and review your major goals each day. This process will only take a few minutes. Grab yourself a spiral notebook and write your goals in the present tense as though you have already achieved them. This will program your subconscious mind to be observant to opportunities to move you closer to achieving your goals.
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Third, plan every day in advance. Jot down a list of tasks to achieve the night before either at the end of your workday or before you go to bed. This process will program your subconscious mind while you are a sleep to work on your tasks. When you wake up you will be given ideas that will lead you to the achievement of your goals faster and more effectively.
Fourth, always concentrate on the most valuable task that will give you the most value. Work on the most valuable task first thing in the morning and focus on that until it is done.
Fifth, listen to educational audio programs in your car or during exercise . Turn off the radio in your car and turn it into a university on wheels. Never allow your car to be moving without educational audio programs playing. In my opinion, anytime you have the chance to have your MP3 player or iPod on, load it with your favorite audio books and personal development improvement material.
Sixth, ask two questions after every experience. The two questions are: 1) What did I do right? and 2) What would I do differently? This will help you to grow more and more rapidly by efficiently speeding up the process of doing your tasks. When you focus on the outcomes of these two questions your mind becomes positive, productive and creative.
The seventh step in the 1000% formula is for you to treat everyone you meet like you would like to be treated yourself. In other words like a million-dollar customer. Treat the people you work with in exactly the same manner as you would treat a valuable customer of your firm. Treat every prospect or customer as if they had already purchased a million dollar’s worth of what your company sells, and were thinking of doing it again. Especially, treat the people at home as though they were the most valuable people in the world to you, because they are.
Keith Aul is a recognized leader in the self-development industry. His blog brings together the ideas, principles that make people successful from the greatest thought leaders of yesterday and today. He encourages people to read because of what Charlie “Tremendous” Jones said – “You will be the same person you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read”. Learn more at http://www.thepowerofthemastermind.com/. Also, Read about the core essentials responsible for the success of every super achiever: http://ThePowerOfTheMastermind.com/the-compound-effect/
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