When it comes to personal development and life change, I like to think of two approaches that seem to be polar opposites, but can work harmoniously in one's life.
Small Increments - Kaizen
This philosophy is based on making small, seemingly negligible changes in one's daily life that can add up to great results with time.
Reading 2 pages a day.
Doing 10 squats.
Writing 200 words a day.
In and of themselves, these actions don't seem to be contributing to our overall life goals, which is why it's so easy to overlook their importance.
But small contributions here and there make a huge difference. The amount of information you consume and the writings you produce start to pile up with time.
A couple of years ago I write an ebook that's around 25,000 words. After writing the book I decided to collect my weekly newsletters and publish them as a collection of essay. The newsletters, which I hadn't considered as a book, ended up being over 55,000 words.
I was sitting on a goldmine without realizing what I had produced.
Incremental, linear improvements are often the result of doing more of the same. We come up with a way of doing something, then stick to doing it, changing the degree of what we do, but not the kind of thing we do.
We write blog posts and more blog posts.
We produce ebooks and more ebooks.
We go to the gym, and try to spend more time at the gym.
The 10x philosophy is about doing things differently, and that difference produces results we hadn't seen before.
Maybe instead of blog posts you can create YouTube videos.
Instead of ebooks you can produce online courses.
Instead of only going to the gym, maybe we can pick up a sport.
Massive change often requires questioning our assumptions about what success involves and what we should be doing to achieve success.
What can you do to not only double your writing output, but increase it by a factor of ten? Maybe you can use dictation software or transcribe talks you've given to produce short books?
How about your income? What can you do differently that doesn't produce a marginal gain but changes your income (and lifestyle) drastically?
Think of your daily improvements, but also question your assumptions about what's possible.
Don't belittle the little, and don't ignore the grand changes you can make in your life.