If you want to predict where you’ll end up in life, all you have to do is follow the curve of tiny gains or tiny losses and see how your daily choices will compound 10 or 20 years down the line.
Improving by 1% isn’t particularly notable, sometimes it isn’t even noticeable, but it can be far more meaningful – especially in the long run.
Ultimately, it’s your commitment to the process that will determine your progress.
You should be far more concerned with your current trajectory than with your current results.
It is so easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of making small improvements on a daily basis.
The greatest threat to success is not failure but boredom. We get bored with habits because they stop delighting us. The outcome becomes expected. And as our habits become ordinary, we start derailing our progress to seek novelty.
The goal is not to read a book, the goal is to become a reader.
A single decision is easy to dismiss, but when we repeat 1% errors day after day by replicating poor decisions, duplicating tiny mistakes, and rationalizing little excuses, our small choices compound into toxic results.
Over the long run, however, the real reason you fail to stick with habits is that your self-image gets in the way. This is why you can’t get too attached to one version of your identity. Progress requires unlearning. Becoming the best version of yourself requires you to continuously edit your beliefs, and to upgrade and expand your identity.
It’s the accumulation of many missteps, a 1% decline here and there, that eventually leads to a problem.
We all deal with setbacks but in the long run the quality of our lives often depends on the quality of our habits.