We always have a choice in life. We may not like the choices we have to choose from, but we can always choose how we react, our attitude, how we treat others, how we treat ourselves, our inner voice, and so much more. For 2020, I had a lot of excuses and didn’t always choose the healthy choice in life. I usually go big. All at once. And then start over. I been thinking a lot lately about what life would look like if I chose to be 1% better daily. Small changes add up.
Choose: Pick by preference. To prefer, or decide. To want; desire.
One: Single unit.
Percent: One one-hundredth of a part (1/100)
I am a lifelong learner. My goal is to be an expert in my career. It has been my goal for the last 20+ years. Learn. Know more. The more I know, the more I realize I have so much more to learn.
I strive to help my patients get back to their desired function, faster. Better than before. Inspiring for them to want to move better.
Recently, my goals have expanded. I want to be better in more areas in life aside from physical therapy. I want to learn more about finances and to be more deliberate with money and what I spend money on. I want to move better, so I can be pain-free and play with my niece and nephew. I desire to be aware of my community, the earth, how to help others, how to love people more. I want to be more patient. Kinder. I want to know more about politics. Just kidding, I want to stick my head in the sand when it comes to politics, but I should want to learn more about politics.
When the “time out” started (thanks COVID-19), I had more time to take a step back and think about what I wanted life to look like. I had been working 5 jobs. One job was full time, the other 4 were very part-time. I loved what I was doing, but it wasn’t sustainable. COVID made three of them disappear, at least for the time being. I now had the opportunity to reflect on life and think about what I wanted to change. I was able to think about which ones I wanted to go back to, and what else I wanted to change.
The path I choose will always involve helping others choose to be 1% better each day.
Enter, the blog.
Why “Choose One Percent?”
I don’t have any tattoos. Not even the “M Dot” everyone gets when they cross the finish line of an Ironman Triathlon. If I were to get a tattoo, it would be the word “choose.” Through life’s ups and downs, I always went back to this word. I get to choose how I react to things. I get to choose how I act and what I say. I get to choose to move on or wallow in my sadness after breakups. The wallow has won out longer than I have wanted in the past. However, it always comes back to choice for me. What is important is taking action to show this in life.
Will you choose to react differently today? How will we grow in 2021?
What would life look like if we strive to be 1% better every day? One percent. Every day. In all areas of life, little by little. I have done challenges in the past. New years resolutions. Monthly goals. What if I chose, daily, a little bit better? I still have goals: move better, be stronger, save more, spend less, learn more, love more, be more patient and the list goes on. I now have a daily roadmap in which to challenge myself.
What will you do today that will make you 1% better?