Are you feeling impatient with a change you want to see in your life? Do you find yourself pining for that change to happen NOW? If you're feeling the frustration of that impatience, you probably find yourself thinking about large actions you can take to bring a desired change about.
Of course, there is a time for big action: quitting jobs, going to grad school, starting a new relationship. But if you don’t have clarity around what that big action should be, or you are not ready for it, most likely you won’t pull it off. Here’s some really good news for you: very small action is enormously powerful.
Think about it this way… when you are sick and go to the doctor they give you a tiny, little pill - really nothing compared to your body mass in size – and yet it has a powerful effect on your chemistry.
It is the same with small actions and your mental chemistry. Instituting a very small change can be quite powerful in producing a large mental shift. How to do this?
Think about an area in your life you would like to be different:
1) Ask yourself, “What’s the smallest action I can take that will still feel like I am moving forward?”
2) And then do that action EVERY DAY – consistency is key. Just like a doctor’s prescription, you need to keep taking it until you experience a shift.
Here’s a personal example… Lately I have had a lot of stress and I was starting to feel overwhelmed. Thinking about it, I realized I wasn’t checking in with myself enough. So I put this reminder for 8 AM on my phone: How can my compassion move me forward today? When I saw it first thing every morning, I started out my day feeling better. In addition to that, I found myself remembering it throughout the day. Every time I did, my stress level came down, I took a deep breath, and I made different choices than I would make when feeling stressed. It’s small, but it has produced a big shift.
So think small – don’t doubt how powerful small is. Small is often WAY more powerful than large. And it can be way more kind to ourselves than demanding big change.
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All the Best,
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