by Kathy Collard Miller @KathyCMiller
I was working out at the gym with a friend, and we chuckled together as we noticed how crowded the gym had become since January 1st. Then, as it happens every year, about four to six weeks later, the gym returned to its normal level—and once again we didn’t have to wait in line to use the weight machines.
Yes, the New Year resolution for buffing up the body and becoming healthy lasts a short time for most people. Great motivation at the start sometimes is not enough to continue.
Why is that? For many of us, it’s because we make our goals too high and become discouraged when we can’t meet them.
But there is a solution. It’s found in “The 1% Principle.” It’s the idea of setting small goals toward a bigger one. Then, when we meet the small goal (1% instead of 75% or larger), we’ll be encouraged to continue.
Here are some ideas:
Instead of “I will have a devotional time with God for one hour every day this week,” think: “I’m going to spend 5 minutes with God two times next week.”
Instead of “I’m going to stop eating all sugar,” think: “I’m going to limit sugar to one item per day.”
Instead of “I’m going to go to the gym every day this week,” think: “My goal is to go to the gym two times this week.”
Instead of “I’m never going to get angry with my child again,” think: “Since dinner time is the hardest time to be patient, I’m going to concentrate on staying calm on Tuesday and ask a friend to pray for me during that time.”
Get the idea? Instead of thinking 100% toward a goal, start small and be encouraged as you reach it. Then you’ll continue to move toward the larger goal. (And by the way, it’s OK to do more than the 1% goal if you’re able).
Does this sound like a plan God can’t applaud? After all, doesn’t He know He can empower us to reach huge goals? Of course He can, but He also understands that “we are but dust” (Psalm 103:14 NASB). That’s why He says, “Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress may be evident to all” (1 Timothy 4:15 NASB). Note that He doesn’t say, “so that your perfection may be evident to all.” He expects us to be in process little by little and is pleased with our progress—even 1% at a time.
How can you use the 1% Principle to grow closer to God and become more of the person God wants you to be? Make a plan now and carry it out—little by little—1% at a time.
About the author: Kathy Collard Miller lives in Southern California and is the author of over 55 books including the Daughters of the King Bible study series. One of the studies is At the Heart of Friendship. As a popular women’s conference speaker, she has spoken in 35 states and 8 foreign countries. Her passion is to communicate practical biblical ideas for trusting God more. Visit her at http://www.KathyCollardMiller.com.
Her latest latest release is , Heart Wisdom, a part of her women’s Daughters of the King Bible study series. Heart Wisdom includes ten lessons about the different topics included in The Proverbs, and is perfect for individual or group study. Reach Kathy at www.KathyCollardMiller.com