Thoughts From The Trail – Small Adjustments

All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision. But as that decision is repeated, a habit sprouts and grows stronger.

— James Clear —

A couple of weeks ago, I made a slight adjustment in my swim stroke.

Upon making this adjustment, I felt an instant increase in buoyancy which parlayed into an increase in speed.

This minor shift in my stroke led to cutting about five seconds from my 100-meter time, and my swim became a faster version of slow. 🙂

I quickly did the math in my head and figured I would cut almost two minutes from my 1/2 Ironman swim time by making this change in my technique.

Two minutes in a 1/2 Ironman swim equals about fifty swimmers I would beat out of the water. If I were to maintain a decent pace throughout the bike and run portions of the race, I would beat fifty competitors to the food buffet after the race. 🙂

My point?

Small changes can lead to significant progress.

What changes are you trying to make in your life?

What habit are you trying to stop?

What habit are you trying to start?

The most impactful habit “stops” and “starts” begin by making minor adjustments.

What minor adjustments do you need to make to your daily routine to help you stop your debilitating habits and start habits which will help you become a better version of yourself?

Minor adjustments in sleep habits, work habits, exercise habits, and what you put in your mind, body, and spirit habits–create considerable improvements in your life.

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. ~Vincent Van Gogh


BTW…Over the past twenty years, I have put in about one thousand miles of swim training. Unfortunately, this means I’ve wasted nearly one entire day of my life due to poor swimming technique.

5 seconds/100M x 16 = 80 seconds/mile x 1000 miles = 80,000 seconds divided by 60 = 1,333 minutes divided by 60 = 22.22 hours.

A minor adjustment can lead to significant progress.

Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.”


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