I've been thinking about how to make consistent gains and progress when it comes to running.
A simple thought crossed my mind last night.
What if I run .1 mile further tomorrow than I ran today?
If I run 1 mile today and increase my distance by .1 mile every day (which seems incredibly doable) so that tomorrow's run is 1.1 miles, the next day is 1.2, and so on, then on December 31st, 2017 I would theoretically be running almost 37 miles which is 10+ miles beyond the length of a marathon.
While I have my doubts about being able to run 37 miles in one batch, it's exciting and inspiring to consider where you can be in a year or less if you commit to making small improvements every day. Given that 37 miles could be a very slow pace (10 minute/mile or slower), but not many people could even manage that kind of pace for that distance.
Or what if you start doing push ups today and do 1 more pushup every day? The effects in those circumstances are compounding and by the end of next year you're closing in on doing close to 400 push ups every day. Imagine what that might do for your upper body strength! In fact, my friend, Ryan, created a tool to help people easily log and track push ups. It's a great, simple tool for accountability to get better each day.
Fractional improvements move mountains, make fat people skinny, and lead to life changing moments.
Do you have any habits already in place or that you're trying to build to make a difference in your life?