But doing things better doesn't involve a whole lot. All you need to do is make a little adjustment.
Let's take a classic example that almost all of us could relate to: making money. Whether it's having a job or doing your own thing, almost all of us are concerned with making a living. Most of us don't care to get rich, but to just simply earn enough to live somewhat comfortably.
With my CPR business, I started out with hit or miss successes. One class might give me as little as $35 (which is what I charge for class). Another class might give me as much as $800. But my success has been so hit or miss that I started becoming discouraged about it and just stopped offering CPR classes for a while.
However, despite being hit or miss, my method of getting classes was successful. The way I judge success is that I get ANY amount of money from my efforts. And when I would tell people about how I made such and such amount with my CPR classes and how it was easy money, I started thinking to myself, "Dang, why did I stop doing CPR classes?"
So, I started to revisit my methods of getting success and to see how I could make it better. The past class I taught had proven to be VERY successful because I decided to change one small detail: instead of trying to teach multiple classes a month, just teach ONE class per month.
Small changes, but BIG improvements.
When your method has stopped showing success, all you need to do is make a SMALL change to make your method better. You'd be surprised at how little you need to change in order to produce more fruits from your labor.
Losing weight is a good example of making small changes. If you simply cut out alcohol from your diet, your weight could make a dramatic drop. If you cut out sugary drinks, you could lose up to 10 lbs during your first week. Replacing soda or orange juice with water is such a minor change that it doesn't take much to think about it, yet this small change could make a SIGNIFICANT improvement to your success.
Does it take much to smile? No it doesn't, but if you smiled more often at people, you could find yourself making friends. Ain't that something? But if all you do is frown, don't expect anybody to talk to you.
Does it take much to say "Good job"? No it doesn't, but if you're an employer and you say this to your employees, that alone would encourage them to be more productive because they would feel appreciated. But not giving any bit of praise to your employees is a guarantee formula for a poorly-run company.
Having a ton of success doesn't need to take a ton of work. All you need to do is make small, simple changes. All you need to do is to "tweak it up" a little.
- If you want greener grass, all you need to do is water it more often.
- If you want more peace of mind, just cut out some distractions in your life.
- If you want to drop 10 lbs in one or two weeks, just cut out the sugary drinks -- and even the alcohol (that might be a hard one for some of you).
- If you want your spouse to feel more loved, simply say "I love you" a little more often -- and actually sound like you mean it.
- If you want your employees to be more productive, be nice to them and praise them a little more often.
- If you want more exposure to your business, simply wear a shirt that advertises your business.
To be successful at anything, you don't need to start big. Let the "bigness" come by itself. Your job is to keep it simple, keep it light, keep it plain, keep it small. The "bigness" will result from your "smallness."
Remember that you don't build a habit by doing big things. You build a habit by doing small, mindless things. In the same way, do small, mindless things to be successful with anything you pursue.
Once your method has stopped being a big success, guess what? Make ONE SMALL CHANGE and see if your success will pick up again. Most likely, it will. And when your small change has proven to be less successful, make another small change.
There are few things in life that require a radical change. But most things in life require seemingly insignificant changes.
When it comes to your health, no radical changes are necessary unless your life is on the line. But if you're still fairly healthy (meaning that you won't drop dead any time soon), then you could take your time and make tiny adjustments in your life.