10K Reps | Brandon's Story

“It starts with one” is something that I have always tried to live by.  Before Chris Heron and 10K Reps, I had heard that message several different ways.

“All you have to do is start.”

“Showing up is half the battle.”

“The hardest part is starting.”

It is an idea that seems so simple but is hard for people to implement.  Throughout all aspects of my life that I have wanted to improve on, I have kept the promise that I would at least start or try anything.  The "one rep" you start with in any endeavor doesn’t have to be an astronomical task.

You can initiate small improvements to begin.  Over time, they would result in a massive change in your lifestyle.  I like to look at the ten thousand reps as ten thousand small achievements or decisions that will get me to my goal.  

If my goal is to learn and improve, I’ll take any step in the forward direction, no matter how small that step is.  If you wanted to incorporate more reading in your life, your first “rep” could be to read for 5 minutes a day. That’s reasonable for anyone with any schedule.  After doing that, it’d become a part of your lifestyle and you could increase it to 10 minutes a day. That too would become easy after a while. Repeat that process several times, and you’d be reading an hour a day in no time!

However, if you told yourself at the beginning that you need to read an hour a day, you might not have even started at all.  I believe people create goals that are too lofty from the start. When you break that goal down into ten thousand small steps, taking one single step forward is easy.

While you are going through the process, each step will compound on the improvement made before it.  Moving in the forward direction allows you to build confidence and feel good about yourself, which will then propel you to do it again so you can feel that way again.  Take this idea and apply it to your health, wealth, love, and happiness. Start with one decision or one improvement and it’ll snowball and change how you live your life.