Big change doesn’t take a revolution.
Today’s self-tracking devices like Fitbit and the Nike Fuel Band do show that it is not the size of the change, but the tracking of it that is what brings about the revolution. Tracking the change feeds the motivation to continue with each small step.
In South Africa, the Afrikaans idiom for the straw that broke the camel’s back is roughly translated as “it is the last drop that makes the bucket overflow”, which offers a much more graphic illustration of the point.
Both idioms refer to what Malcolm Gladwell wrote about in his bestseller, “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference.”
This principle works in reverse too. We often don’t notice a little leak in our bucket until it has emptied so much that we cannot help but notice. This is more like what happens with our mental-emotional selves.
We get busy, we get focused on something or someone, and we put our focus on that. We forget or are to busy to spend time nourishing our minds with reading and great conversation. We skip the things that feed our spirits and keep us connected to our inner world.
Perhaps you are now “too busy” to read. Maybe you skip weekly services or social gatherings because you are too tired. Your hobby lies untouched for months. Slowly, but surely, energy and enthusiasm slips away.
This eventually leaves us, after a day’s work, feeling:
“I am living a bit; I want to live more. but I really can’t do another day’s work on the top of my official day.” (Arnold Bennett).
… and we become “WhenI’s” – When I [fill in the blank], I will [fill in the blank]. And that means we live with an uneasy waiting for something to start.
We believe it takes a concerted effort, a vacation, a long weekend, or some kind of break to give us the “space” we need to get going.
However, the remarkable Mr. Bennett was not a complainer, he offered solutions. Here are 4.
There is no “magic method of beginning” – you simply begin.
Start small. Don’t take on too much in the beginning.
A petty success is far better than nothing at all.
The gems of time lie in the “margins” of your life – those times between sleeping, working, and the routines of feeding and clothing ourselves.
It is in these simple solutions that you find the time and energy that change you from a “WhenI” to living a little more richly!
The whole point is: it is about a small change in habits.
Make little changes – often – and you will be amazed at the results.
The alternative is that more years will go by before you [fill in the blank].
MAKE SMALL, CONSISTENT CHANGES NOW!
Author: Sue Hines