Success is something that we all chase, especially in sports. Depending on the identity of the media darling or featured role model of the moment, ways to achieve success are many and varied. However, one of the best systems at any time is Alan Stein's and Todd Durkin's 1-Percent Rule. Stein and Durkin are extremely successful, and they inspire hundreds of athletes on a daily basis. Their method is simple: leave the gym one percent better each day, and outdo yourself, not others.
Too often in sports and training, a player will focus on what others are doing. In reality, an athlete can't control who is getting more looks from college coaches or putting up bigger numbers. The only control he or she has is over his or her own development. Essentially, the 1-Percent Rule is about being better than yourself. Often, the biggest obstacle to becoming a great athlete is not others, but our own lack of willingness or commitment.
Each and every time you have a training session, practice, game, or even a film session, try to outdo your previous results by 1 percent. No elite professional athlete became great overnight. It took time, patience and a lot of deliberate practice. It meant taking every opportunity to do one more quality rep, add one more pound of muscle or do whatever was needed to achieve a better result.
Becoming a better athlete mean improving each and every day. It's about surpassing your previous best and pushing through your mental limits. Strive to become one percent better every day, and watch your athletic ability and performance take off.
Alan Stein is a STACK Expert Contributor. To learn more about the 1-Percent Rule and read his other great articles, visit STACK.com at Alan Stein. Todd Durkin contributes to the STACK Performance Center. To learn more about Durkin and read some of his articles, click here.