Marginal Gains

Every new year marks the beginning of change for a lot of people (or at least the intention to change). #NewYearNewMe starts to fly around social media at this time of the year, BUT how do we really embrace change?

If you are serious about change, then you should probably familiarise yourself with the concept of Marginal Gains.

I first learned about Marginal gains a couple of years ago. I read a story about how British cycling coach, Sir Dave Brailsford used this theory to make Team GB win an Olympic Gold Medal. The idea behind Marginal gains originated from the Japanese word ‘kaizen’ which means “change for better” – it focuses on activities that continuously improve a process.

The marginal gains theory is concerned with making small incremental changes to any process, which, when added together, makes a significant improvement.

Did you know if you dedicate to make yourself 1% better every day, you’ll end up thirty-seven times better at the end of the year?

Here are some steps I’ve used to help me with continuous improvement:

1. Make A Pledge
Making a commitment to improving is the first step to making any change. You have to want the change. Understand why you want to change and why it’s important to you then create a plan to help you stay on track.

2. Weigh The Pros & Cons
A pro and cons list should allow you to look at your commitment plan from different angles and help you consider the best steps of action. It is human nature to want to obsess over the negative – but remember you’ve made a commitment. A 1% change in what you are doing today could dramatically improve your life.

3. Implement Your Plan
This is where you need to fulfil the Marginal gains theory. Address each element in your plan and decide how to change it.

Want to save more? – create a budget.
Want to learn a new skill? – sign up for courses.
Looking to network more? – put yourself out there and reach out to your contacts.
Looking for another income stream? – start that business.

Instead of focusing on perfecting the end result of your goal, think about how you can improve all elements of the process.

Forget about perfection; focus on progression, and compound the improvements.”

– Sir Dave Brailsford

4. Rinse And Repeat
It is essential to be consistent because the small progressive changes add up. Imagine how much better you’ll be if you made small incremental changes in all areas of your life?

Do you have any tips on how to improve yourself? Please share with us in the comments 🙂