This is the time of year we start thinking about a brand new year. How will it be different? We think about what we will resolve to change, to do better, to do more or less of. We say things like, “I’ll start on January 1.”
It’s easy to put change and growth on hold in the name of the holiday season or any busy event.
The problem is that when we look at a year in a life, there are more busy, unexpected, too chaotic so let’s press the pause button times, than big areas of time and space to intentionally make a difference in your own life.
You won’t make time …
- in a minute
- when things settle down
- after the holidays
- just as soon as you finish the next thing
There will be something or someone waiting for attention, before you make the change you’ve been thinking about. Don’t give up. If this change/dream/idea is important to you, there is hope. Life won’t stop, but there is something you can do.
Take one little simple step every day
Day 1: What’s your thing? Take one little, simple step and write it down.
- Lose weight
- Start a microbusiness
- Mend a relationship
- Learn something new
- Sell the house
- Write a book
- Develop a yoga practice
- Add your thing
Write your thing at the beginning of a notebook. Just below, write about why it’s important to you to do this thing.
If you are tempted to make this a digital event, resist. You don’t need a complicated spread sheet or alerts on your phone for your little, simple steps. Instead, use a tiny notebook that you can carry with you and access without turning anything on.
Day 2: Take another one little, simple step and mark your progress.
Today’s one little, simple step is directly related to what you wrote on paper on day 1. Write down the date to note that you made progress. Make a check mark or a star or use stickers if that’s how you roll. Take note of your small step, even if it was so small that no one noticed. Smile because you are one step closer.
If you have time, jot down what you did and what would be a logical next little, simple step.
Day 3 and beyond: Repeat day 2.
Change doesn’t have to be overnight or big and dramatic to be powerful. By giving even a glimpse of your attention to this change, you’ll begin to notice a shift.
Your little, simple steps will start a snowball of growth and change that cannot be stopped. Use that momentum and inspiration to make the changes you long for and live the life you deserve.
And that life … is better than your wildest imagination.
What’s your thing?