The One-Degree Principle

It’s hard to believe that the year is half way through. 

I’ve been doing some reflecting on how my year is going so far and checking up on where I am at with my goals. Mid-year is a great time to review and and get back on track.

This week I thought I’d do a really practical blog. I want to share with you a principle I came across recently which has helped me alot – I love it!

It’s called the One-Degree Principle.

Have you heard of it? It’s a simple concept and easy to remember …  It has a lot to do with taking small, incremental steps in the direction of our goals. When added together, the small steps produce big results over time.

To illustrate, imagine there is a straight path from Melbourne to Sydney. Now imagine that you start walking that line, but after a few steps along the path you change your path by One degree. If you continue to walk the new path you will find that your journey will end up hundreds of miles from your original destination!

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In much the same way, this holds true in our lives. Each of us are travelling along our path, and based on our habits and actions (yes), you can project where you will be in ten years. (scary!)

However if you decide to make just one small change in your actions (1 degree change) that one change will alter your path, and ultimately alter your outcome.

This is true when it comes to saving money, building relationships, getting fit … in fact every area of our lives.

Here’s another example.

Imagine your goal at the beginning of the year was to lost 10 kilograms by the end of the year. What harm can a measly Snicker bar do to damage our potential success? Well, perhaps if it’s only one Snicker bar a week it might not matter that much, but if we have a Snicker bar every day for an entire month, it’s definitely going to affect our success to achieve our weight-loss goal. 

The good news is that the opposite is true too!

If you make one positive change towards achieving your goal, by the end of the month the cumulative affect will be a BIG RESULTS.

Small steps, when added together, produce big results over time.

Think about a goal that you would like to achieve by the end of the year.

Now give some thought to what small step you could commit to to help you achieve your goal?

For example, let’s go back to the goal of losing some weight.

If that was your goal, what could you commit to doing to achieve your goal?

  • Could you commit to walking every single day for 30 minutes? If not, don’t say yes!
  • Could you commit to walking 30 minutes every second day? (It doesn’t matter what you decide to do, but whatever you choose, it has to be something you will COMMIT to)

Another example . . .

Do you have a dream to write a book?

Could you find two hours once a week to progress this goal? No? What about one hour?

Committing to the One-Degree principle is going to change the direction of your path powerfully and significantly by the end of the year. It just does. No “if’s” no “buts” – it works!

In fact, I know someone who had so much success applying this principle in one area of their life, they are now doing it in many area. (Originally their One-Degree was “I will make my bed every day before I leave the house”) …  The result from this one small change was so encouraging, that they’ve now applied this challenge to other areas – one was to their finances. The result is that they have paid off their credit card!

I’m also applying it to my own life, and am excited about the progress – that’s why I know it works!!!

I really encourage you to consider using this principle in an area where you want to see breakthrough in your life with one of your goals.

My 30-Day One-Degree Challenge:

Are you up for a challenge?

If you want to take on my “30-Day One-Degree Principle Challenge” write down in your journal one area where you want to see breakthrough (it could be finances, physical, career, home-life etc). Now what step can you take towards this goal? Remember don’t make the step too big – it’s all about committing to small steps consistently.

AREA OF YOUR LIFE –  (write down what it is)

Reality Now:      

Realistic Goal:   

What I will do every (day/week) to achieve this goal – 

Now commit to doing it for the next thirty days. (If you don’t do it for one day, I don’t do guilt! Just get back on track the next day).

Remember the illustration above about the straight line from Melbourne to Sydney and what a difference One-Degree made to reaching the destination?

July is the perfect time to re-align yourself with one of your end-of-year goals by committing to the One-degree principle. I know as you do you are going to be so thrilled to hit your destination, just as I am.

I would love to hear your comments on what you’re challenge is. Let me know in the comments below so I can pray for you!

Love Carolyn

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  1. Leigh

    Inspiring one degree well mine is after having some digestive Heath concerns I saw a natropath
    And now she has targeted my emotional eating comfort eating sugar addiction. Along with this a need
    To get into my healthy weight range I am 5 kilos over this.

    One degree:
    cutting down refined foods and sugar chocolate to once a week choosing alternatives
    Like walking or giving my pain to god picking up weights and doing a set of arm exercises

    One degree continued increasing my vegetable choices to daily 2&1/2 cups

  2. Murray Turner

    Thank you Caroline, I shall give your suggestion a try in a couple of areas of my life.
    Blessings to you,

    Murray.

  3. Jessikah King

    Hi Caroline,
    I felt a little bit challenged by the ‘one degree principle’; thought it too difficult and what could I possible find to do….and closed my computer to look at it another day. We all know “Another day’ isn’t today!
    Well, during my time with the Lord this morning, He reminded me of an incident that occurred over twenty years ago. I had been at a Conference and someone inadvertently picked up my Bible instead of their own. They looked very similar although I did have my name and telephone number written on mine. That was okay, except over some years I had written praise songs/poetry and had stored them in my Bible, waiting one day for someone to write the music I had in my head. I was certain my Bible would be returned but it was not to be.
    I never wrote another song or anything else after than. This morning the Lord showed me my old Bible bulging with my writings. I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit as, in tears, I confessed the years I had let the locust devour my words.

    I am taking up the thirty day challenge and will pick up my pen!

    Reality is: plan is to get back into it. How:

  4. Jessikah King

    Hi Caroline,
    I felt a little bit challenged by the ‘one degree principle’; thought it too difficult and what could I possible find to do….and closed my computer to look at it another day. We all know “Another day’ isn’t today!
    Well, during my time with the Lord this morning, He reminded me of an incident that occurred over twenty years ago. I had been at a Conference and someone inadvertently picked up my Bible instead of their own. They looked very similar although I did have my name and telephone number written on mine. That was okay, except over some years I had written praise songs/poetry and had stored them in my Bible, waiting one day for someone to write the music I had in my head. I was certain my Bible would be returned but it was not to be.
    I never wrote another song or anything else after than. This morning the Lord showed me my old Bible bulging with my writings. I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit as, in tears, I confessed the years I had let the locust devour my words.

    I am taking up the thirty day challenge and will pick up my pen!

    Reality is: I’m not writing at present.
    Realistic goal: start writing again.
    What I will do every week: attend a writing workshpo. This workshop provides a topic each week. The following week the attendees read out their writings. Quite a challenge. But, with God all things are possible.

    May God continue to bless you always and in all wyas,
    Jessikah

    • Carolyn Conway

      Hi Jessikah, that’s amazing, thank you for sharing, I can’t help but think how nothing ever escapes the Father’s notice, and at the right time, in His love He takes us back to certain otherwise disappointing events in order to bring us healing and also take us further as we deal with them. I would love to know how your challenge goes, please keep me posted. I’m sure it’s going to be a wonderful experience. I am praying for you.

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