French psychologist Emile Coue famously promoted the curative powers of repeating a daily mantra: “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better”. Apparently, those who repeated this to themselves many times each day saw greater improvement than those who didn’t.
Whether this is true or not, and without debating the rationale behind it, I think we can agree that the more frequently we do something designed to improve our skills or knowledge, the more likely it is that we will see improved results.
If you want to become a better writer, for example, it’s better to write every day than it is to write sporadically.
The reason is obvious. It is the compound effect of your daily effort.
When you do it every day, you don’t start each day at zero. You have the previous days’ experiences to draw on. If you write only once a month, on the other hand, every month you start from scratch.
To become a better speaker, every day, even for a few minutes, study the advice of good speakers and practice what you learn. Work on your timing, add better stories, seek feedback from others, and make continual adjustments, however small.
As you get better at speaking, you will gain more confidence. As your confidence grows, you will get better at speaking.
And so on. Success creates more success, through the power of compounding.
Whatever you want to improve, work on it daily, even for just a few minutes.