Change isn’t only hard; it’s overwhelming. And the bigger the changes, the more overwhelmed we get.
Maybe it’s time to rethink how we approach change, then? While I’m all for the “go big or go home” way of approaching things, I’m also beginning to believe that we can sabotage ourselves by approaching everything with such gusto.
I’m in the process of reading “The Compound Effect” and in it, author Darren Hardy illustrates how small changes can make big impacts over time. He uses the lives of three fictional friends to make his point.
Friend Number One makes a small, not-quite-beneficial change in his daily life.
Friend Number Two makes no changes at all in his daily life.
Friend Number Three makes a small but beneficial change in his daily life.
Over the course of 28 months, those seemingly insignificant changes have had a snowball effect on every area of each Friend’s life. Except for Friend Number Two. He didn’t make any changes, so he experienced no changes.
Friend Number One found that his physical, mental, emotional and work life deteriorated while Friend Number Three experienced improved physical health, stronger relationships and success at work.
All from making small, seemingly insignificant changes in their daily lives.
It was a pretty powerful illustration to me and it got me thinking; what if we made one small change in our lives, just for this month? How would we feel after 31 days? Better? Worse? No change at all?
So here’s what I propose. Pick one area of your life, whether it’s physical, mental, spiritual, a relationship, work (you get it), and make a tiny change. I’ll do the same!
For example you could:
- take a walk at lunch every day
- spend 15 minutes a day reading an “non-fiction” book on a subject you’d like to learn more about or,
- just resolve to pray daily.
And track it every day!
If you took a walk, how did you feel after? Were you able to walk farther than the previous day/week? If you read a book, what did you take away from it?
It’s great to create a road map as you go so you can look back see how far you’ve come.
To put my money where my mouth is, here’s my small change for the month:
I’m a soda junkie! I love the refreshing taste of Coca Cola and, wives’ tale or not, I find it soothes the upset tummy. So I’ve never been able to fully break the soda habit.
For this month, I’m going to cut it out completely. And, I’ll check in regularly on Facebook about how I do and how I feel. While I don’t expect BIG changes by the end of the month, I’m curious to see if there will be any.
And I invite you to also post your small, daily change and check in on how you’re doing too. You can do it below in the comments or, even better, join me on the Writer’s Fitness Plan Facebook page.
We can do this and I’m really looking forward to sharing this journey and see what we can do with just a little change.
And if you’re ready for a “bigger” change, check out “Are you on the road to feeling fabulous?“