This week I came across this TEDx Talk by Stephen Duneier. I was walking down my daily 2-mile path in my neighborhood and picked this particular discussion to listen to. Why? Because I am continuously trying to improve myself, one small adjustment at a time. Stephen’s entire talk was speaking to me.
See, I’m the type of person who is NEVER satisfied with my level of knowledge. I am always looking for ways to improve. I am consistently searching for different motivational techniques to keep me moving, for fresh new skills to learn, and for valuable content to study.
People often say “How do you find the time?” I run a small business. I have two teenage boys. I volunteer in school activities. I visit family, go out with friends, keep up with household duties, and all the other things moms/wives do. And, I have time to relax at night to watch my favorite shows or to read books. And I even sometimes start craft projects (and finish them). Am I Wonder Woman? I wish. But no, I’m not!
This speech by Stephen sums it up. I make marginal improvements!!
I used to go to the local gym every day (for about 2 years) and work-out every morning for about 1.5 hours. I then moved out of the area and cancelled my membership. Forward about 3 years and I kept telling myself I had to get back to the gym. But I didn’t want to waste hours of every day, inside, around people I didn’t know. I love being outside. I love being active. So, about a year ago I decided to start walking down our street (it’s one street about a mile long) when the weather was nice. I would walk about half-way then come home. It felt good. It was probably less than a mile. No big deal. Well, I then decided to find time to go EVERY day and work up to 1.5 miles each time. I put Pandora on my phone and listened to my favorite stations (usually 80s music). After a few months of that, I decided to increase to 2 miles each time. I had to adjust my walk route, but I managed it. And I also decided to track my daily walks (time, distance, steps, and calories) by downloading an app on my phone. THEN, I decided I didn’t want to listen to music every time. So, I started listening to Tedx Talks. Now, I’m down several pounds, have a decent tan, and know more now than I did last month, and the month before that. I even started learning new things by searching for topics on YouTube to listen to when I walk. Yesterday I listened to an event planning training and today I listened to a strategic alliance marketing Q & A.
So what is my point? These were all MARGINAL IMPROVEMENTS. And I didn’t really see them as that until I listened to Stephen’s talk above.
So, my question to YOU is…What marginal improvements can you make in your personal life or professional life that can change you for the better?
What are some small goals you want to accomplish in the next 6 months?
Here are a few of my summer goals:
1 – Walk the 8-mile track around our local nature park.
2 – Learn more about 1 very specific niche for marketing (to increase my business).
3 – Read 3 new books (something that’s NOT business related because I need to learn to relax a bit).
I’d love to know more about your goals and how you make marginal improvements in your life!!! Feel free to email me your story!
“Strive for continuous improvement, instead of perfection.” – Kim collins
Executive Virtual Assistant