Making Changes: Just Start & Start Small

Well, friends, we are more than halfway through January 2018.  For those of you who set 2018 goals, how are you doing?

I just did my week-in-review to check in on my plan as part of my Your Best Life 2018. Unfortuantely with a recent blog change, I lost a few of my blog posts in which I talked about this journey. But to catch you up to speed, I had spent several hours (between 30-40) prior to Christmas crafting a plan for 2018 based on Lisa Jacobs above-mentioned book.  The week-in-review that I just did this past Sunday, indicated to me that I’m on track. There are a few minor tweaks to be made, but overall, I’m on track because I didn’t try to climb the mountain all in one day. And, I am enjoying the journey.

I recently starting following this blog, Zen Habits, after reading about Leo Babauta in another author’s book. And I have heeded some of his advice, such as “start very small.”  In fact, Babauta has four principles for changing your life, they are:

1. Start very small.
2. Do only one change at a time.
3. Be present and enjoy the activity (don’t focus on results).
4. Be grateful for every step you take.

The above excerpt came from one of his archived blog posts I received via email when signing up for his blog, so I am unable to link it for you. But if you like what he has to say, consider checking out his blog.

Here’s how I am applying the above principles. I want to increase my physical strength, and one of the ways I’m doing that is though push-ups. So, when I am feeling blah and like I don’t want to do them, I remind myself to just start and to start small. Now to be vulnerable, I’ll confess to you that I am, for the most part, doing a modified version of a push-up. But just today in my set, I did two full ones. Wow! Did that ever feel great!

In keeping this blog post small, let me encourage you with this: whatever your goal is, just start and start small. If it’s starting to read your Bible every day, start with 1-2 minutes and let it evolve from there; if it’s eating cleaner, choose one thing to add or eliminate and let it evolve from there; if it’s getting physically stronger, choose one new thing you can add to your life, start small and let it evolve from there.

Friends, just start and start small.

Have an amazing day!



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