It is not about one big change it is about lots of little changes!
What is the Aggregation of Marginal Gains? It means the identification of a number of areas in which you can make small gains, which all add up to something much greater. A phrase coined by one of the finest elite sports coaches in the world.
Sir Dave Brailsford
This philosophy was used by the UK cycling team to win most of the medals at the 2012 Olympics in London, and by Team Sky to win the Tour de France in 2013. They examine the tiniest detail, from the air pressure of a tyre or the shape of a spoke, to the aerodynamics of a helmet or the fabric of clothing; each action looking to shave off milliseconds in speed: altogether improving overall performance.
This is the Ahoi approach! By improving on lots of small details then there is ultimately an aggregate of marginal gains! By changing ever so slightly your physical exercise behavior, by changing your daily salt or sugar intake, by approaching your professional tasks differently and altering how you think all adds up to making small gains, which all add up to something much greater.
Everything can be improved upon for optimal achievement. This approach can be transferred to improve our own experience too.
Whilst most people look for a few big improvements, the smart thinker should look for lots of small things to take action on, to finesse their performance. A mentality of constantly looking to make many small gains will get you more in the long term than one big shortcut. What small things can you change to optimise your performance? What will they all add up to, so that you can achieve the impossible?
Whether it is winning the Tour De France or changing the world, the aggregation of marginal gains is taking people places they’d never dreamed of. It can really take you places, too.