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Finding Excellence With the 1% Marginal Gains Rule

Professionals have a secret to developing the highest level skill. It's the 1% marginal gains rule. They know that all the small changes, bit by bit, accumulates into significant outcomes.

Many people in martial arts are looking for the big win. The single thing that will make the difference and give them high level skill. But professionals know that's not the way it works.

While we want to set big goals and get success quickly, it's important to realize that baby steps are what will get us there. Focusing on and improving one small detail at a time is the method. An important aspect of this, naturally, is to find a teacher or a style who knows all those small details for without them there can be no baby steps.

None of these small details is enough to win a fight or make that big jump in skill so they appear as if they are not important - as if they can be ignored. But that's not the case. Each detail, no matter how small, contributes to exceptional skill.

When training, I suggest my students focus on - and even seek out - small improvements and small changes. It becomes fun like a game to try and find a new detail that will contribute to the larger goal. Each new detail and each new change is one more baby step toward excellence.

With this perspective, motivation soars. Students are no longer focused on "getting good" but instead are focused on finding that next small golden nugget to add to the collection. Before you know it, you will have a bucket of gold. Little by little, bit by bit excellence is growing.

So reset your focus onto those small details and engrain them one class at a time. Before you know it you will have extraordinary skill.


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