Frey Freyday – incremental

(Frey Freyday is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff….)

Break any problem into, or make any changes in, small increments. Anne Grant

Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take many small steps. Helmut Schmidt

You have to have a big vision and take very small steps to get there. You have to be humble as you execute but visionary and gigantic in terms of your aspiration. In the Internet industry, it’s not about grand innovation, it’s about a lot of little innovations: every day, every week, every month, making something a little bit better. Jason Calacanis

Incremental improvements can generate geometric growth. Tony Robbins


Baby Steps/Little Things/Incremental improvements – effective ways to build good habits, enact change, reach goals, and build a better life.

We’ve all had some attempt at change. Often we look for the ‘sexy’ solution, the big revolutionary action that we can take, all at once, to change. It may be something to do with dieting, saving money, paying off debt, exercising, whatever.

“This week I’m not eating any carbs and I’ll eat less than 1800 calories….”

“I am going to wait until I earn that bonus and then just sock all of it away in savings.”

“From now on, I’m going to _____ for 2 hours a day, even though I never have before….”

I think maybe society encourages the big swing, the one-time hit, and our expectations are such that we think we can do something once, or maybe just a few times, and change will occur. Typically it doesn’t work.

Often if we can be aware of the issue each day, and then look to change one little thing, and just focus on that, we find that we can build momentum. Then we can increase that one thing – or add another thing.

I first tried this by just cutting back on diet soda – I used to drink too much, and it’s really not good for you at all. So first, I just reduced it by one a day. Easy. Then I reduced it to only one a day. Weeks later, I decided to only have one 2 times a week….and so on.

During that process I gained momentum and confidence, and I decided to add in another habit. I decided to replace the diet soda with an apple – so when I had the urge for a soda, I grabbed an apple. That continued. Later I decided to also add some exercise, etc. etc.

Small incremental changes can be unexciting and unemotional….almost boring. That is both the weakness and the strength of it. Maybe we won’t get all excited but maybe we won’t skip it when things get tough.

Let’s say you want to write a book. You can try to spend a whole weekend starting it in a marathon session. Chances are that even if you do that, it may be a while before you get back to it and consistently add to the book. More often successful authors spend time each day; maybe a period of time or a set number of pages, not an overwhelming amount….they know that they have to write some, not a lot. It is manageable and they can do it, then move on. The task isn’t so large that one avoids it. It is a small incremental step of words and pages, and pretty soon you have a book.

A continual improvement process, also often called a continuous improvement process (abbreviated as CIP or CI), is an ongoing effort to improve products, services, habits, or processes. These efforts can seek “incremental” improvement over time or “breakthrough” improvement all at once.

Kaizen is a term that states, “Improvements are based on many small changes rather than the radical changes.”

We all know that we have habits – maybe coffee in the morning, for instance. We do these things almost without thinking. What if you added, or replaced, a habit with a small incremental item that made something better. What if you created a habit that provided constant and never ending improvements?

Frey Freyday was actually born out of something I created called “Words To Live By” (WTLB). Going forward, I will now not only share the quotes, as you may be used to receiving, but also a related (WTLB). In 1999, when we had our first daughter, I was contemplating how I would raise my new beautiful child, and I was thinking about how I can best educate her and my other children about values, morals, and other key thoughts about life. School offers education. Religion offers some values and morals. Parents offer most of it, sometimes intentionally, sometimes accidentally.

So I created a (WTLB) book, like a dictionary, which lists things like honesty, love, persistence, etc. with a definition that I created, with my wife’s input. I then turned it into a workbook with one word per page and space below for notes. For years we would discuss with my two daughters and they would draw pictures and make notes in the blank space. I may share some of those images with you. As they got older, they were less inclined to draw and more open to quotes and references from adults, hence where Frey Freyday came from….

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