Big or Small Changes?
Sometimes when we decide to make changes in our lives, we start out with the big things. Trying to lose 50 pounds. Going back to school full time. Cleaning the entire house. Buying a gym membership. Going to church 3 times a week. All of those things are good, but often times we bite off more than we can chew and we find ourselves failing instead of succeeded. Disappointed instead of proud.
Perhaps we have been trying to do too much too quickly. I propose the concept of making several small changes instead of one or two big ones. Think about what you want to accomplish or how you want to feel. What small changes can you make to jump start that? Let’s say you want to get into an exercise routine to get fit or lose a few pounds. Do you need to pay for a gym membership? No. You could start small and do 10 sit ups every day. Or take a 10 minute walk every day. That in and of itself may seem like it won’t do much to get you to your goal, but in reality it is setting you up for success. After a while the small things you are doing become motivation to take on more. Incorporate more positive changes into your life.
Another example is saving money. That is something I usually have a hard time with. But this past January, I decided to do something different. I made a point to put a certain dollar amount into a savings account every time I get paid. It’s not a lot, but I have been able to do this routinely and it encourages me to add even more when possible. It’s nice to see the amount grow. This isn’t a big change, but a small one that is making a positive impact on my life.
What Small Positive Changes Can You Make?
Here are just a few suggestions. I’d love to hear your ideas.
- Make a point to be extra kind to at least one person every day.
- Clean one surface before you go to bed.
- Take a 5 minute walk daily.
- Save all of your pocket change in a jar each night.
- Set time for prayer or meditation.
- Eat one extra piece of fruit or veggie daily.
- Sing in the shower.
- Make a list of to-do’s for the day. Check off when completed.
- Substitute water for one of your other daily drinks.
- Send a thoughtful text or email to a friend you haven’t seen in a while. Do this monthly.
- Go to church or bible study weekly.
These are a couple of simple positive habits that can help to better or enrich your life and even give you an improved outlook on life. What ever you choose to do…do so fearlessly!