The 1% Solution (to all your cares)

Let’s say you’re a needy sleeper and you actually sleep 9 hours a night. This leaves you a paltry 15 hours left in your day. 

That’s barely enough time to binge watch your latest favorite program. Much less work and play and clean up and stuff. WTF.

(What the funk!?)

For the rest of us, who prioritize more meaningful experiences over mass consumption of entertainment, there’s a 1% Solution to all our cares.

Let’s tease out the numbers:

15 hours x 60 minutes = 900 minutes

One percent of your waking hours gives you nine minutes. Nine luxurious minutes to reflect and envision.

900 minutes x 1% = 9 minutes

Think about this. If you take 9 minutes every day to go silent, you can accomplish something significant. You can connect, reflect and envision in 9 minutes.

Slowly, over time, you can heal your issues.

Slowly, over time, you can move into a better place.

How does this little magic trick work in reality? Let’s break this down further. 

The 9-Minute Solution:

1 to 2 minutes: State your vision

If an issue is overwhelming you, state your concern first. 

Then immediately follow it up by stating an ideal outcome for all concerned.

If there are no pressing issues, then simply state the vision you have for your life.

If you are not in a position to do this aloud, then do it on paper. Whether you are speaking your vision aloud or etching your vision on paper, it’s powerful.

5 minutes: Give it up to your Soul Source.

Let it loose. 

Set the vision free. 

In your mind, fling this vision outward. Toss it out into the magnificent, responsive universe. 

Feel the first inklings of joy and freedom, knowing that the fulfillment of the vision will come in some as yet unknown way. 

Maybe even in some wildly unexpected way.

1 to 2 minutes: Write down an inspiration.

Whatever surfaces, write it down. And act on it today.

It may be to call someone. It may be a simple action you can take. It may be a kindness you can bestow. It may be to do what you already do each day but to do it reverently. It may be to wait another day . . . 

There you have it. 

That’s the 1% Solution that will ease your cares and lead you to where you ultimately want to go.

You know what’s even better?

The 1.5% Solution is even better.

That’s 14 minutes max. Here you add only one additional element. 


You start with Appreciation. 

You spend 5 minutes in rapt appreciation. Whatever comes up in your mind, find something to appreciate about it.

Better yet, start off with appreciating the hell out of one or two things in your life. One or two things without which your life would be a little suckier. 

Some days it will be the Big Things. The people you love.

Other days it will be more ancillary things. You know, brownies. 

Or whatever floats that soul boat of yours.

If you’ve been following the math it only takes 12 to 14 minutes to totally rock your days. 

Do these 12 to 14 minutes for 30 days and then check back in with yourself. 

Are you  your relishing your experience more? 

Are you finding synchronicities piling up? 

Do you find yourself smiling more often?

Are you more relaxed in your relations with others?

Are you finding yourself a tiny bit more energized? A lotta bit more energized?

Are you more radiant?

What kind of wonderful surprises have come your way?

My life changed starting with the smallest of rituals. This one will change yours. This is the most powerful ritual you can engage in daily. 

(The 10% Solution will change your life forever. We’re not even going to call it a solution, it’s a revolution.) 

(Don’t worry. We’ll talk about the 10% Revolution soon.)

For you 

Evan Griffith
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