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13th June - The Power of Tiny Gains: How Small Changes Lead to Big Success

The 1 Percent Rule

Imagine if you determined to simply be more disciplined and improve at something by 1 per cent every day for a year? By the end of that year, you would be thirty-seven times better than when you had started.

This principle, akin to the way compound interest grows your savings, can transform your life in astonishing ways. Small, consistent changes are incredibly powerful.

Consider your exercise routine. Going to the gym or working out for three consecutive days over a month may not yield immediate, visible results. However, persist in this habit for a decade, and you will be unrecognizable compared to your starting point. It's the power of tiny gains and the fact that real change and lasting success are born from daily habits, not from singular, grandiose decisions.

"Time as an Ally: Turning Positive Habits into Lifelong Benefits"

If you want to to be able to see what your life looks like in the future, examine the trajectory of your small, everyday choices. Are you saving a portion of your income each month? Are you consistently making time for physical activity? Are you investing time in learning and self-improvement? Are you inputting into your spiritual life and relationships. These seemingly small daily decisions compound over time, ultimately shaping your future self.

Positive habits turn time into an ally, while negative habits make time your enemy.

Unfortunately, we often abandon the very disciplines and habits that could transform our lives just when they are on the verge of yielding results. It's easy to become disheartened when we don't see immediate progress. I might run every day for a month without visible changes. But if I persevere, my fitness will improve. From being a couch potato, I'll progress to running 1 km, then 2, then 5, and eventually 10km and more because small gains, sustained over time, lead to significant breakthroughs.

Jacob Riis encapsulates this perfectly: “When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow, it will split in two, and I know it was not that last blow that did it – but all that had gone before.”

"From Tiny Acorns to Mighty Oaks: The Growth of Small Efforts"

Out of small things, big things grow. Consider the mighty oak tree that begins as a tiny acorn or Jesus' teaching that faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains. When we apply small changes, use what we have, use the faith we do have and determine to be consistent even if if it seems insignificant to others, we will see change and we will grow. (Matthew 17:20)

Think of a bamboo plant, which remains unseen for the first five years after planting. Then, suddenly, it bursts from the ground and grows to close to thirty metres tall in six weeks. The growth is the result of sustained, but unseen development.

The Stone Cutter's Wisdom: The Power of Repeated Efforts"

In a world that often celebrates quick wins and overnight successes, embrace the power of small, daily improvements.  Don't get discouraged when you don't see immediate results. Just as the stone cutter's repeated blows eventually split the rock, your persistent efforts and faithfulness in the everyday things, will lead to breakthroughs. It's not the last blow that causes the stone to split but all the blows that came before. Whether it’s financial discipline, physical exercise, or continuous learning, and daily choosing God's way rather the world's, these incremental choices accumulate and compound, leading to extraordinary transformations over time. (Romans 12:2 NIV)

Remember, it’s the tiny, consistent actions that pave the way for significant success - out of little things and the tiniest changes, big things grow.

"So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up." (Galatians 6:9-10 NLT)

"Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." (James 1:4 NIV)

"The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty." (Proverbs 21:5 NIV)

Prayer: Lord, Thank you for the many blessings in my life. Please help to to remember that every journey first begins with a single step and that every achievement starts with a small, humble beginning.

Please help me to see that even my tiniest efforts, when made consistently, with you as my help, can lead to significant transformations in my life. Just like the mighty oak tree that begins as a tiny acorn and the bamboo plant that grows unseen for years, persistence will bear fruit in due season if I do not grow weary and give up.

I ask for Your grace to persevere, the courage to keep going, and the vision to see the potential in my small, everyday actions and choices. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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