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1% Better

1% Better

I’ve recently talked to a wonderful person who appreciated my view on this mantra that I tell myself (you know who you are. Hello). So this is where I expand on the idea.

I don’t have a certain life philosophy that I vow to follow, but more of adaptation of everything as I grow little by little, 1% at a time. I’ll be upfront and tell you that having this kind of mentality wouldn’t make you 365% better after a year, but I assure you that you’ll be a better version of yourself month by month.

Physical, Mental & Spiritual Health

I can sub-categorize this into three parts. Physical, Mental, and Spiritual. Starting with Physical, I’ve known for so long that I need to take care of my health because there’s nobody who would do it for me. I didn’t realize this till I got sick where moving was a chore. I’ve never imagined getting abs, but when it was hard to breathe because of all the weight I gained. It was time to take action. There wasn’t any action plan, but our family decided to start with 10,000 steps a day and the person who wouldn’t be able to reach the goal would be assigned to make dinner the next day. We started tracking using the pedometer from our watch and this became the tipping point of becoming physically healthier. I enjoyed the view of mother nature every morning and started to jog, then run. Then I lost 13kg in a bit over a year. Oh, the magic.

As someone coming from a Christian family, my parents found it taboo whenever we show a hint of reflection about mental health, anxiety, and depression. They tell me something in the lines of, “Faith, you don’t pray enough”. This is why I found refuge in sad movies and books to soothe whatever I was experiencing before going to bed crying (The suck it up culture). I’m sure you also had experienced times where everything felt hopeless and the feeling of you are not good enough or maybe a feeling that is unexplainable. Guess what? I aimed to always express what I’m feeling by writing what’s going on in my mind and or process my thoughts through poems. Whenever I read the poem notebook, I remember the exact feeling that I was feeling and it somehow feels like nostalgia. Once in a while, it’s good to talk to the devil inside you. Yes, the voice that tells you that you aren’t good enough. Ask about his motives of why he’s doing it and you’ll probably catch him off guard. Be nice.

I can consider myself a man of faith, but there would be times where my faith was and sometimes still is shaky. Through my daily reading and reflection of God’s word, I get to realize why it’s called the “daily bread” and not the weekly, or monthly bread. I’ll leave it at that.

Career & Relationship

There would be times where I would feel that I am not growing and also question if this is everything that life has to offer. I guess this is what happens when you’re too comfortable with whatever career you have. Thanks to the pandemic, I get to stretch my brains again and try to maintain some competitive edge 1% at a time. Pursue the next big thing, be a doctor, get your master’s degree, or safely graduate from college.

How about the relationship? Well, this one’s a tricky one. I like to socialize but want to be the one who will listen more. Ask questions, laugh, and just spend a good time together. I also have a tendency to disappear. Not to ghost, but to have time for myself and get my thoughts organized. Well, I should also work on this too. 1% at a time.

Hobby & Self Growth

It’s amazing to see really good guitar players or well-conducted orchestras because they’ve poured hours and hours practicing. I consider landscape photography as my hobby, but my camera has been gathering dust for the past few months.

I’m not good with closing statements, but what I want to emphasize is that becoming 1% better every day isn’t that hard but it isn’t easy either. There would be times where you’d focus your energy on your hobbies, or your health, or your relationship. Just take it slow and don’t rush things. Not 1% on every category, but only a single percent on any category for the day.

It’s more of realizing the magic of being consistent while getting through mundane tasks. Because everyone wants the results but is not willing to go through the process.

Look closer. Begin to appreciate the small things and the small moments in life.

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2 Comments

  1. Joycean

    25th May 2021 - 12:36 pm

    Wow! Inspiring ☺️ It’ll help me to become a better version of myself, gradually. Thank you po.

    • Faith

      25th May 2021 - 11:06 pm

      Aww thank you for dropping by! Let’s be better one step at a time

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