[Daily Impact #13] “The Journey to 100 Push-Ups…”

A month or so ago, I made the decision that I wanted to be able to do 100 push-ups in a row.

For most people, this is no easy task, and I definitely fall in to this category.

The most push-ups I have ever done in a row was about 25, and I remember struggling with the final few before collapsing into a puddle of exhaustion.

I can’t imagine being able to get out of bed like Bruce Wayne in ‘Batman Begins’, dropping to the floor, and pumping out push-ups like it is nothing, but that is exactly what I am trying to do.

There are 2 primary ways you can go about accomplishing this task…

1 – Drop to the floor and do push-ups until you collapse, repeating this daily until you hopefully can get to 100, or…

2 – You can be a little more strategic and play ‘the long game’. For example: On Day 1 you may do 10 Push-ups. On Day 2 you do 10 Push-ups and a negative rep. On Day 3 you do 10 regular Push-ups and 1 Push-up on your knees, and so on… with the goal being a 1% improvement every day.

Certainly you can take the all or nothing approach in Example 1, and many do, but most people that take this approach get frustrated, overwhelmed, and quit after only a week or two, because this approach does not build the foundation you need to succeed.

To be able to do 100 Push-ups, or Pull-ups, or run a marathon, or bike 100 miles, you must first build a foundation and one does not do so by rushing into things.

To build the foundation to do 100 Push-ups requires a dedication to slow and steady improvement, and a commitment to the Science of the 1% Rule.

Each day, just focus on getting 1% better in whatever it is you’re trying to improve. That’s it. Just 1%.

It might not seem like much, but those 1% improvements start compounding on each other.

In the beginning, your improvements will be so small as to seem practically nonexistent. But gradually and ever so slowly, you’ll start to notice the improvements in whatever it is that you are doing.

It may take months or even years, but the improvements will come if you just focus on consistently upping your game by 1%.

You’ll eventually reach a certain point in which a 1% increase in improvement is equal to the same amount of improvement you experienced in the first few days combined.

That sometimes can be hard to get your mind around, but think about it: 1% of 1 is just .01; 1% of 100 is 1. You’re maybe at a 1 right now, and will only be making tiny improvements for awhile. But stick with it. You’ll eventually reach that 100 level (and beyond) where you’ll be improving by a factor of 1 every day.

That’s the power of the compounding effect, and the Science of the 1% Rule.

This is applicable to all aspects of life.

Want to be a better husband or wife? Try to be 1% better than you were the day before.

Want to be a better parent? Try to be 1% better than you were the day before.

Want to be better at your job? Try to be 1% better than you were the day before.

Want to run a marathon? Try to be 1% better than you were the day before.

Keep at it, stay consistent, and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish over the course of a year.

Small and simple actions, over time, can compound into life changing results to our mind, body, business, and relationships.

As for my road to 100 Push-ups…I am not to 100 yet, but I am better than I was the day before.

My current personal best is greater than 25, but I’ll let you know when I finally achieve 100.
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