By: Brian Gilleece
If you're not getting better... you're getting worse...
I'm sure you have heard this, its typically reserved for sports and competitive business, but have you ever really dug into what it means and how it effects you in the acting world?
What this phrase is circling is that we ALL start at relatively the same place in terms of skills, and in a competitive space all competitors would be always improving their skills.
If you are not ALWAYS trying to get the edge, build skills, develop your talents you will be quickly overtaken by the competition who are improving their skills. Eaten Alive.
This is exactly the world of Hollywood - exactly. You can be hot one minute, maybe you're on a hit show, in a big movie... then you get complacent. Stop growing. Maybe you slow at class, turn down your workouts, start socializing more. Think you're hot shit?BOOM! Someone who kinda looks like you slides in behind you and takes your spot, for less money. Not a new concept.
Aghhhhh. So what can we do to not get swallowed by the sea of people who will always be nipping at our heals?
No I aint talkin' bout milk. I'm talking bout Get 1% better everyday! Small positive moves consistently create BIG improvements.
SMALL HABITS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
Too often, we convince ourselves that massive success requires massive action. Meanwhile, improving by 1% isn’t particularly notable—sometimes it isn’t even noticeable—but it can be far more meaningful, especially in the long run.
The difference a tiny improvement can make over time is astounding. Here’s how the math works out: if you can get 1 percent better each day for one year, you’ll end up thirty‐seven times better by the time you’re done. Conversely, if you get 1 percent worse each day for one year, you’ll decline nearly down to zero.
What starts as a small win or a minor setback accumulates into something much more. Habits are the compound interest of self–improvement. The same way that money multiplies through compound interest, the effects of your habits multiply as you repeat them. They seem to make little difference on any given day and yet the impact they deliver over the months and years can be enormous.
THE IMPACT OF SMALL CHOICES
Imagine you are a pilot and are flying from Los Angeles to New York City. If you leave from LAX and adjust the route just 3.5 degrees south, you will land in Washington, D.C., instead of New York. Small adjustment, big difference.
Such a small change is barely noticeable at takeoff—the nose of the airplane moves just a few feet—but when magnified across the entire United States, you end up hundreds of miles apart. Think about your actions (or inactions) this way, the impact won't be great initially, but ultimately where you end up will be starkly different.
PLATEAU OF LATENT POTENTIAL
“Breakthrough moments are often the result of many previous actions, which build up the potential required to unleash a major change.”
If you find your growth slowed, or you can't seem to see how you can or are improving - but your habits are positive - it is not because you have lost your ability to improve, often because you have not yet crossed the Plateau of Latent Potential.
What the Hell is that you ask?
Your work is not wasted; it is just being stored. When you finally break through the Plateau of Latent Potential, people will call it an overnight success. The outside world only sees the most dramatic event rather than all that preceded it. But you know that it’s the work you did long ago—when it seemed that you weren’t making any progress—that makes the jump today possible. Being strong or skilled enough to be able to make a jump you have been training to make.
And the only thing to really take from all these graphs, and all these words is this: Small impacts matter. 1%'s every single day store up. They compound, and at the end of the year make yourself 1/3 better than when you started on Jan 1st.
What improvements can you make? Can you do 1.2 more min or one more set at the gym (1% of 2 hours)? Can you read 10 more pages of scripts or books? Can you practice gratitude 1% more often? Can you add 1% of improvement to your auditions? Can you add 1% improvements to every day of your life? Can you be 1% better today than yesterday?