The Power of Incremental Progress

As humans, we tend to overestimate what we’re capable of accomplishing in a small amount of time and underestimate what’s possible over a much longer period.

On top of this, seeing our true progress is often challenging. For example, increasing the conversion rate on your ad from 1% to 2% is not a 1% improvement, it’s a 100% improvement.

Moving from a 20 pound weight at the gym to 25 pounds may also seem like a modest increase, but if you can get the same number of reps in, you’re now 25% stronger.

And if you can write just 3 pages a day, you’ll have the draft of an entire book manuscript in two months.

Start small, and don’t stop iterating.

See also: Kaizen


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