Question: are you better today than you were yesterday? Have you improved something about your life in the past 24 hours? Are you more efficient with your time at work, are you more present with your friends and family, are you moving closer to your goals?

Here’s an even more important question: is success an immediate and sudden event? Not counting things like winning the lottery, I’d say no. I’d say that a very simple way of looking at success is as “the aggregation of marginal gains”.

The concept is simple: consistent 1% improvement across all domains will lead to success (and vice versa, consistent 1% declines will lead to failure). Most of the time the events or things we look at as “successes” aren’t caused by the event immediately preceding but are instead the culmination of lots of hard work over a long period of time.

This can apply to anything in your life but can be easily applied to what we do at CFV. Simplifying your time in the gym to small, micro goals will add up to your macro goals. At the bare minimum, showing up and getting a workout in is necessary. From there you can pick one thing to focus on (footwork on your clean, shoulder position in the overhead squat, using your abs on a toes to bar, feeling the rhythm during your kip, etc) and try to get better at the one tiny little thing. Then repeat the process the next day, and the next day, and the next day.

Pardon the cliche, but Rome wasn’t built in one day and neither will any of your accomplishments inside or outside the gym.