When Dave Brailsford became the Manager and Performance Director for Team Sky, which is Great Britain’s cycling team, no British cyclist had ever won the Tour de France. He made it a goal to win that race within 5 years. That was 2010.
He approached the challenge with the belief that marginal gains lead to remarkable results; if you simply improved every area related to cycling by just 1 percent, you would see great improvement.
They sought to make marginal gains everywhere, both in the obvious and not-so-obvious places:
Nutrition of the riders
Weekly training programs
Ergonomics of the bike seat
Weight of the tires
Discovering the pillow that offered the best sleep
Best way to wash their hands to avoid infection
After all of this effort, Team Sky went on to win the Tour de France in just 3 years, far ahead of their goal! And at the 2012 Olympics, the British cycling team won 70% of the gold medals.
So, what can you tweak by 1%?
What if your 1% was taking just 5 minutes of your evening to incorporate this simple discipline?
- Each night, or at the end of your work day, write down the six most important things that need to be accomplished the next day. Let go of tomorrow’s worries by prioritizing the tasks the night before. In the words of Elsa, Let It Go. Knowing that you have taken the time to think about the next day, and put it on paper, you can relax and get the rest you need to tackle it… tomorrow.
Let’s learn more tips from Small Business Big Pressure: A Faith-Based Approach to Guide the Ambitious Entrepreneur author Darryl W. Lyons, CEO and CoFounder of PAX Financial Group. We will also be talking to Krista Evans from Bloom, a ministry for church planters’ spouses.
Seeking those 1% tweaks!