How To Use The 1% Rule For Growth

I believe we all have something to improve in our life.

I believe a fulfilled life involves the balancing of various aspect of life health, wealth, happiness, love, relationships, spirituality and freedom.

I have been working on becoming the best version of myself. One of the thing that has encouraged me on this journey is the amazing truth I found out about human.

Human beings are incredible being with unlimited potentials. We have the ability to change the course of our life any time, any day.

You may already know about this, among all the creatures in the whole universe human beings are the only creation that have the ultimate control over their mind.

We have the freedom to choose our thoughts and actions, these are actually where the ability we have to change our life grows from, in our freedom of thoughts and actions.

The major challenge in our manifestation is persisting and being able to delay instant gratification.

I will stake a little amount of money in the betting shop and hope to wins millions, the problem is not about being a gambling, the problem is about the delusion I was living in, the idea that I will win millions some day and my problem will be over, the idea of allowing the game master to determine when I win in life, or when to be happy or sad.

One of the first things most people consider when making a decision on a path in life to follow is if that path promises quick gratification, that was actually why I choose to gamble. I thought I will win millions with no or little stress and live my dreams, I’m not concern about gambling, but hopelessly depending on it is what I’m against.

Good things take time and work

If we can uderstand that good things take time, we might be able to put in the right attitude towards our actions.

We all came into this world weighing about 2 to 5 kg, now you are weighing at least tens of kg, it took years and lots of things to become who you are today.

If you think of it that way, you will wonder why most people want to obtain what is precious to them in a matter of minutes, an hour or a day, why do people neglect modus operandi of the same law that made them what they currently are.

I wish I know about all this when I was eighteen, to patiently grow in important things in life, i would have started working on what I want today eight years ago.

If have committed to improvement 8 years ago I would have being far in journey through life.

The 1% Rule

The 1% rule, is all we need to actualize our future desires, whatever you wish to become In the days ahead start improving today 1% on the path to that.

The 1% rule is about physical, emotional and spiritual growth, is about committing to grow 1% in areas such as health, wealth, happiness, love, relationships, spirituality and freedom.

It’s about committing to growth as the only way to manifest.

The question is in what area can I improve 1% everyday that will make a significant impact in my life.

Remember in 5 to 10 years from now, you will arrive, the questions is where will that be.

If you can commit to improving 1% every day in anything, in 5 to 10 from now you will be about 1825% to 3650% better than anyone who is not improving 1%. Imagine what 1825% of being better in any area of life will feel like or make of you.

How to Improving 1% everyday

If you want to improve on your knowledge and wisdom, you can start by read posts or books, using the 1% rule all you have to do is read a page a day, in a year you have read 365 pages which is equivalent to a book, in five years you have read 5 books.

If you read 5 books in any field, you will be among the most sorted after in that field.

As a writer, if you write 1% every day, maybe 100 words every day, in a year you will have written about 35,650 words, that is enough to make up a book (novella), in five years you will have written 5 books.

Writing a book is what 80% of people out there won’t do in their entire life, but working with 1% rules you can do it in a year.

1% rules validate the wisdom of Lao Tzu (China philosopher) when he said “the journey of a thousand miles journey begins one step.” It supports the idea that you can’t do all things today, but you can do a little bit of things.

1% rule is futuristic, you may not be at the top today, but you will be there tomorrow.

I will like to end this article by asking you, now that you know how easily you can gradually grow to the person you wish to become, What are you going to do today? Improve 1% on your business and life or wait and hope for the right time to improve 100%.

3 Factors That Determine Your Self Development

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Have you ever wondered what personal development is all about.

Personal development is about consciously developing oneself to a better state in life, it’s about always creating a better version of oneself, it’s about becoming a better person than you where yesterday.

Personal development is something you do consciously, without the consciousness in the process, it will become just normal human development.

According to Biologists, human beings development never stops, our physical organs may stop growing at a certain time, but they never stop maturing or advancing. What this means is that our body might change due to maturity, we might become wiser, more experienced, If you take a personal inventory, you will observe that you are more knowledgeable and experienced than you were two years ago.

inasmuch as you keep interacting with the world, and the clock keeps ticking, you will continue to gain more experience, knowledge and wisdom, organs will keep maturing, this is the natural human development activities, it’s an unconscious development process.

Personal development is different, it entails taking conscious action towards becoming a better you, In the acts of personal development, you are always in a conscious state, seeking ways to positively create a better version of yourself.

The process involves being curious, asking questions, learning beyond supervision, thinking differently, setting goals, and taking actions, all these sum up to develop and create a better version of you in areas such health, wealth, spirituality, love and relationships

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Here are 3 factors to help you understand the act of self development.

The human body (physiology)

According to biologists, there are trillions of cells that make up the human body, these cells make up tissues, tissues which make up various organs, the organs then make up our entire body.

Understanding your physiology, it’s functions and it’s capabilities, is a great place to start your personal development journey. When you understand how your body functions, you will be able to identify the parts that need the most development and also the parts that will aid you in developing yourself.

Have you ever thought of how your injuries get to heal without no external refilling? Or how and why you get sick? I was surprised to know how complex the human brain is after watching one documentary about the human brain, it’s capacity and functions are incredible and remarkable.

Most people don’t know the powerful tools they carry around as brain, some people have stop learning because they feel their brain won’t contain facts anymore.

According to researchers, the average human only uses about 10% of his or her brain capacity before death. This means most people go to the grave with 90% of free space in their memory bank, space that could have been used to process ideas, information, experiences that could have been of value to them in life.

How about your muscles, how strong can human build their muscles? As strong as they wish.

Understanding how different components of your body works can help you with best methods to shape then, there are books and videos on human autonomy out there that can help you in this aspects.

The mind

How are you able to walk, talk, and do some other things without being conscious of your actions?

The mind is the great gift God gave to man kind, it’s a great piece of machinery, it’s the part runs our life, this is one component of our being as human that makes us different from other animals.

Understanding the workings of your mind will serve you greatly in your personal developments journey.

How do your thoughts originate, how do you form habits, how do break habits that are not empowering you, these are questions that might prompt you finding out more about the workings of your mind.

Understanding this part of your being where the beliefs and philosophies that shapes your life are developed and installed will surely help you to become a better version of yourself.

Natural laws and rules of life

The universe is governed by some force which human have assumed to be rules and laws.

Most of our problem in life is that, we work against natural laws and then spend the rest of our time praying for favourable results.

Take for example, there is the law of gravity, if by mistake someone walks out from a window of a five storey building, the person will fall and probably land with his head, gravity will not change it’s course because someone is ignorant of its law, it always operate based on its law. But if you find a way to work with the law you win, this is why aeroplane flying in the sky today, you grow in life when you work with natural law.

How about the principles of farming, to reap in the summer you plant in the winter, these are natural laws, the issue is we obey them in some aspects of our life, and violates them in some other aspects, mostly important aspects.

Understanding the laws and rules that govern the universe will help you build your personal development on a solid foundation.

Here is the takeaway here, If you are interested in becoming a better version of yourself, study your physiology, study your mind and understand the laws that govern life, give yourself time to envolve.

You didn’t walk the first time you tried, but today you can walk and run.

Give yourself time to manifest.

5 Tips To Building Viable Distance Relationships

Distance relationships

When it comes to relationship (romantic), you really don’t have to take any advice from me. The reason is that I have failed miserably at it. But, If you are the type that likes to learn from other people’s mistakes or failure, then this might interest you.

As at the time of writing this post, I just break up with my girlfriend. I loved her and I will miss her. Things didn’t work out, for so many reasons which I can’t explain here because of privacy, the bottom line is we called it off.

Actually, it was a practical distance relationship.

After the break up we spoke for awhile during which we had a “no holdback section” we spoke our mind on what went wrong and what we could have done better. That discussion was an eye-opening, at least for me. It validated some of my thoughts and in some cases proved me wrong. Some of the ideas I’m about to share with you below were inspired as a result of that discussion.

I have learnt a few things about distance relationships from the angle of failing at it, I feel you can get one or two ideas about distance relationship from me, at least to know what to avoid or embrace in other to get more out of your own relationship, either distance or close.

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Let me share some of tips with you

Trust and commitment then love are the building blocks

There are other virtues that I believe are important in building relationships, but trust and commitment should be non negotiable.

If there’s no trust and commitment, just forget about it, because without these two things there’s no way the relationship is going to work out.

Both of you won’t be seeing each other, you may not know what he or she might be doing at a particular time of the day. If you don’t trust him or her if you keep thinking what if he or she is with someone easy, automatically you will start feeling cheated, which will definitely lead to bias feeling and then playing safe or acting strange.

However, there is no need to play safe, there’s even nothing like playing safe, playing safe is cheating. Your relationship won’t work when you have your attention scattered out there, there’s no way you will give something your best when you have options.

Playing safe makes your distance relationship faithless. If you have tried and you see that it’s not working, call it off. You playing safe might be at the expense of your partner’s emotion unless it’s intentional.

If there’s trust, commitment and then love, then we can talk about other issues.

There should be something to be hopeful for

Hope is one of the source of happiness in life. This also includes happiness in relationships, more especially distance relationship.

Why are we here? What is our intention for this relationship? Are we heading to the altar or to the gutter? Are we in for fun or for something serious? When are we seeing again? What are your personal plans for the future? These and many other questions need to be answered to get a clear sense of what to be hopeful for in a relationship more especially distance ones.

When there’s something to be hopeful for each person get to know his or her row to play and more importantly have something to think about during the times of loneliness.

Calls should be un-regular

Don’t have regular call time, don’t set a particular time or day to call your partner. Calls should be un-regular, It should sometimes come unexpectedly or as a surprise but frequently.

Here is why I suggest no regular call time, when you set a regular day or time to call if you (he or she) fail for whatsoever reason to keep up with that time, negative thinking takes charge, thoughts like what is he or she doing? why hasn’t he or she called, maybe he or she is with someone easy etc.. Trust me those sort of thinking is not healthy for your relationship, especially distance relationship.

Don’t hold back your thoughts.

If you feel he or she is getting anything wrong, talk it out with him or her. Don’t just feel he or she should know what is best to do. You should know He or she might be acting on his or her best knowledge about life, so talk it out with him or her.

You know, both of you are different, from two different paths, different upbringing, different culture and possibly different religion. You both will always have different opinions and perceptions about issues in life, the only possible and effective way he or she will know his or her has erred is when you talk it out. Actually, the major challenge in talking things out with your partner is picking the right time, another challenge is doing it right if you pick the wrong time and do it wrong it end up an argument.

Arguments are your biggest enemy in a relationship especially distance ones, so try to avoid it.

Be willing to make sacrifices.

Sacrifice can be on little things, it doesn’t have to be you killing yourself. (it might actually get to that point, but don’t do it, trust me.) But It can be you going outside your comfort zone to his or her comfort zone.

It can be showing your utmost commitment to the relationship

It can be putting yourself in your partner shoes and trying to understand his or condition.

It can be assisting him or her to chase his or her dreams.

Always act in your best capacity physically and emotionally, there’s a reason you possess those strong abilities, use it to work out your relationship.

Focus on his or her strength

I believe anything you focus on grows, improve or expand. So, focus on his or her strength.

In his or her strength is where the virtues that can make you both happy lies. And that is probably where your love was built from. His or her strength is probably what you saw and fall in love. Why focus on his or her weakness now, have you forgotten that no one is perfect. Complimenting your partner’s strength will make him or her feel better than commenting on his or her weaknesses, remember no one (including you) like to be criticized whether doing things wrong or right.

Ok, that is it, for now. I hope these ideas help you, as I believe it will help me get more out of my future relationship.

Do you know anyone whom these ideas can help? please share with friends.

[Also read] What you can learn from a painter on finding a fulfilled life

What You Can Learn From An Artist On Designing A Meaningful Life

Sometimes I’m scared, I’m scared of messing things up. I really don’t want to fail in anything, I don’t even want to make mistakes in anything. I want to make the right decisions in relationships, in choosing a life partner, in building a business, in investing and so on, i want a fulfilled life.

I’m also positive that things will be ok. But being positive don’t get things done, what gets things done is action.  And about not making mistakes, I’m not sure about that, because it seems mistakes are part of the process.

Some where, I read or watch Tony Robbins, he said “when you ask the right questions you get the right answer.”

I Asked, I’m 26, how do I get to shape my life, how do I direct my life towards the path of good health, wealth, love, good relationships, happiness and freedom which are what I believe are the components of a fulfilled life? What easy on earth can one want life if not these things?

Then the answer came, I was surprised that an answer came so quickly. But I shouldn’t be, certainly when you asked the right questions you get the right answers, and sometimes you get it so quickly. Most of our problems exist because we have not pressed the right button which has the ability to open doors for our problems to leave. And Sometimes not pressing the button is because we don’t even know that the button exists.

Learn from a painter (artist). That was the answer I got.

What can we learn from a painter?

“Look at that empty canvas in front of him” ok, I see it. (I know you can’t see anything, but just imagine being in a painter shop). “Can you see those mixtures and collections of colour?” yeah I see them. Do you also see the brush he’s holding?”, yeah. Now let me tell you, the beauty of his paint will be determined by what he does with those tool at his disposal. Wisdom.

I guess it’s left for me to interpret and relate to the idea suggested to me by the unknown. It’s probably not a proverb, but my elders use to say ‘you don’t tell a child a proverb and interpret the meaning to him or her if you do that it means that the bride price of his or her mother is a waste’. I don’t really believe about the bride price of a thing, but I know I just need to figure out by myself the message in that idea.

What tools do you have? Most of us have great tools, some people are smart, some are fast, some are beautiful and handsome, some are intelligent, some can make you laugh, some can make you cry, some are multi-skilled and almost all of us have the ability to learn. Like that painter, our abilities is our tool, what we do with it determines how our future will turn out to be.

The canvas is worthless until the painter paints on it. In other words, what makes the canvas valuable is the quality of the arts that sit on it. We can also say that what will make our future enjoyable is the action we take today.

In 5 to 10 years from today, we will arrive,  our destination will depend on the action we take today, tomorrow and next.

Remember, the first step to building a fulfilled life is knowing what you want, if you don’t know what you want you won’t know what to do. Just like in creating art, it starts with the painter knowing what tools he needs. For me, what I really want are good health, wealth, love, good relationships, happiness and freedom.

But the truth is, things don’t come because we want them, they come because we take action.

You should know, recognizing your ability is the first step to building a fulfilled life. Just like in creating art of paint, it starts with identifying the tools you need, the painter knows he needs colours, brushes, canvas and his imagination.

Then, the next step is taking action, taking action today with the tools we have. Remember, the painter, If he doesn’t paint (action) on those canvases (our future), they will remain worthless.

But I asked again.

how do I become more healthy before 35?

Exercise, eat well, drink lots of water, these for physical health.
Read, listen, watch for mental health.

How do I become more wealthy by 35?

Add value to peoples lives.

How do I love her more?

Trust her and focus on her virtues

How do build good relationships?

Do to others what you want them to do to you.

How do I become free?

Whether freedom from mental slavery or rat race, what you need is to, always thinking for yourself, dont allow anyone do your thinking for you.

How do I always be in the state of happiness?

See your past as a lesson, be curious in the present and be hopeful of the future.

I am hopeful, I hope to live the fulfilled by 35, but I better take actions now with the tools I have.

How Knowledge Helps You Develope Self Confidence

And He asked, “uncle do you know I can jump this thing?” Should I jump it? Ok, jump let me see. There he goes, he jumped the barricade.

That is a six years old boy believing in his ability to do something and actually doing it, that is a practical sense of self-confidence and how it helps us to accomplish things.

Here is another instance, I was confident that I can write this post, then I wrote it.

Someone might ask, why don’t you have the confidence that you can jump from the last floor of a three storey building and then jump? Well, the thing is, self-confidence respect natural laws, it doesn’t support ignorance either, in fact, ignorance is one of the major reasons for lack of confidence.

In every circumstance in life you face, you will either be confidence or scared. Whichever state out of the two you are when facing any circumstances will determine the outcome of that circumstances.

Although, sometimes been scared or lack of confidence is what we need to save our lives, but it’s certain that most times we need to be confident to face the challenges life throw at us.

The question is…

How do we build more self-confidence?

By knowing.

Knowledge is the primary key to building confidence.

Here is what I mean, If that little boy did not know about his ability to jump over that little barricade, he will not dare look me in the face and tell me that he can jump it.

Self-confidence builds on our knowledge about things around us and more importantly our knowledge about our self, and our ability.

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If we know what it takes to run a business, to make it successful, if we understand that sometimes our idea might not work out, even after trying and invest in it for several years, if we understand that it might take years for our business to build to become profitable, if we understand all this we might be confident to keep putting in the efforts even when the outcome is not clear, we might still have confident to start another business when the first one has failed.

If we have the knowledge about the functionality of our body, the power of our mind, the ability of our brains, the capacity of memory, the flexibility of our muscles, the sensitivity of our sensory organs, if we understand our potentials we will be able to have confidence that we have the ability to overcome any challenges we face.

Lack of knowledge leads to being fearful, giving people power over us, always saying yes when the response should be No, believing we can’t do something when we haven’t even try, which is the opposite of self-confidence.

To be more confident in our self, we have to know more than we know. To know more than we know, we have to ask the right questions.

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Asking the right questions sometimes requires courage, because sometimes you will come across questions which almost everyone is shying away from, when you are courageous enough to ask those sort of questions, you will definitely get answers which add to your knowledge.

And when you know what it’s and other possibilities, then that confidence will build, you then become fearless to face today, tomorrow and the day after.

If we keep on learning, one day we might ask our self, what can’t I do? and the answer will be absolutely nothing.