Anytime you try something new you will be bad at it. Or at least relatively bad at it. And I don’t mean like Michael Jackson or George Thorogood.
But when you are trying to develop your skills and abilities there is a useful way to think about your improvement journey.
Simply focus on increasing the percentage of times you get it right.
At first, you may get a specific technique or execution right 1 in 1000 or 1 in 100 tries.
This means that you’ve moved your percentage from 0% to 0.1%, or from 0% to 1%.
That’s amazing progress.
In fact, it is the most important progress of all.
Then just keep going.
At 2% you are 100% better than you were at 1%. Or at least that was true according to old math.
Now, focus your efforts to increase your success rate from 1 in 100 to 1 in 10.
Then advance to 5 in 10.
Next push yourself to 9 out of 10. Like the dentists who recommend Crest toothpaste.
Then keep pushing yourself until you can nail 99 out of 100 attempts.
Self-improvement is a percentage game. You’ll likely never get every task right 100% of the time. But get as close as you can. Pay attention to your performance percentages. It is the easiest way to track your progress. Keep pushing yourself. The challenge is fun, rewarding, and most importantly, quantifiable.
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