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Better Every Day

What happens when you use a knife to cut something?

It gets dull.

Maybe just a little. Nearly imperceptible until the problem must be addressed.

But when we move in the ways our bodies are designed to move…

When we do the things that make us happy…

When we do the things that make us strong and healthy…

Then we become the knife that gets sharper with every use. Nearly imperceptible until the cumulative effects cannot be ignored and the world changes because we did.

In The Movement, we believe that it is possible to get better every day. That it is possible to set a PR (personal record) in something every single day.

Perpetual Progress. It’s a powerful mindset.

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Every time you become better, post your progress with the hashtag #preveryday.

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  • Robert Bravery April 23, 2010, 2:14 am

    Excellent article.
    To ahve a goal to improve everyday is a treasure we can’t loose.

    Reminds me of a bible verse, seing that you used the analogy of a knife getting dull after every use”
    “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend”

  • Greg April 23, 2010, 4:41 am

    We were, of course, built to move. It’s a fact that is easily forgotten in the hubub of daily life, but it turns out to be one of the things that contributes strongly to people’s general feeling of wellness and happiness.

  • Todd April 23, 2010, 5:58 am

    “You’ve got to test yourself every day, gentlemen.” – Young Guns

    This post was spot on, Josh, and something that I’ve been thinking of writing about lately.

  • Boris Bachmann April 23, 2010, 6:10 am

    “A human being is the kind of machine that wears out from lack of use. There are limits, of course, and we do need healthful rest and relaxation, but for the most part we gain energy by using energy. Often the best remedy for physical weariness is thirty minutes of aerobic exercise. In the same vein, mental and spiritual lassitude is often cured by decisive action or the clear intention to act. We learn in high school physics that kinetic energy is measure in terms of motion. The same thing is true of human energy: It comes into existence through use. You can’t hoard it.” – George Leonard (“Mastery”)

    fwiw, I didn’t learn much in Dr. Jones’ high school physics, but “lassitude” is an awesome word.

  • Joshua Black | The Underdog Millionaire April 23, 2010, 8:21 am

    I like to go by the “it’s better to wear out than rust out” approach. I firmly believe that if you are not doing something each and every day to get better then you are getting worse.

    The same thing holds true with running a business of any kind. There is no such thing as staying exactly where you are. If you do something great, try to top it tomorrow. Of course that will not always happen, but at least you went for it and that is most of the battle.

    -Joshua Black
    The Underdog Millionaire

  • Asatar Bair April 23, 2010, 4:14 pm

    Here’s something I work at getting better at each day: breathing in a way that is full, deep, rhythmic, and connected to my heart.

  • Dave Doolin April 23, 2010, 8:24 pm

    This is inspiring tomorrow’s article for me.

    I used to work for man whose favorite saying was “Progress in inches.”

    One of his projects was digging an orchard into the Texas Hill Country (near Wimberley). Drill. Blast. Backhoe. Crush the spoil while sieving the soil. Had his own rock crusher. The crush went on the road, the soil back in the hole. Repeat.

    Progress in inches.

  • Matt April 24, 2010, 7:30 pm

    This is great. What I like about this is that there’s probably something one can PR in everyday, but when you aren’t consciously thinking about it, it’s easy to let the knife get dull.

    I PR’ed today. I ran 27 miles as a training run. Any other time I’ve done that, it’s been part of a race.