Big Changes. Tiny Steps.

Big Changes. Tiny Steps.

[Planning big changes? Hit the pause button + read this]

Whenever we want to change our lives, we conjure up some massive goal like: “I desire to make more money” or “lose 30 lbs” or “love myself more.

Okay. Well, that’s a start.

The problem is, these are just big actions.

I’m sorry to say it, but anyone with some willpower can half-ass their way through any number of these. But over time, we usually end right back where we started crying into the bottom of our pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream (I’m not speaking from personal experience or anything.)

But, why?

Real changes come from a change in our habits; those actions we are so accustomed to doing.

A change in habits comes from a long, sustained alteration of small actions. Small goals. Small attitude adjustments. Small gratitude’s. Small shifts in how we look at things. These teeny tiny actions add up, creating the bigger shift, the bigger changes we desire to see in our lives.

Think about it this way: Imagine we are both in our own cars, driving down the road, side by side. We come to a fork in the road; I take one road, you take the other. But the two forks are only separated by one degree. Now we’re really only traveling on separate paths ever so slightly.

At first the change is so slight, you can barely tell that we’re headed in different directions. We sip our strawberry smoothies, waving to one another.

But the truth is- we’re not on the same course anymore.

Fast forward ahead, and if we both stay on the same track, our paths continue to separate further and further apart. And over time, we’ll end up far, far away from each other in very, very different places. We wonder, “Why did it work out so well for them? How did I end up over here?