Incremental Steps

Updated: Jul 15, 2019

In the spirit of making changes, I'm recommending a great book.

ATOMIC HABITS, by James Clear

Are you ready to make some changes?

I'm not.

The way I look at it is this, you can make small changes that add up to big changes over time (this doesn't work for me, generally), or go ALL IN. And I think THAT is why i'm not ready to make changes.

I'm an all-or-nothing thinker. For some things this is great, but for starting something when I'm not mentally ready, it's terrible. So what to do...?

Let's explore an option to taking the first steps in making those changes.

STEP 1 - Do Nothing.

This is what I think we do most often. We do nothing different. We don't change and then we get mad (at ourselves) when nothing changes. You can sit here for a while. Take a day or 2. When you are sufficiently upset with yourself and frustrated, move on Step 2.

STEP 2 - Make a List.

We make lists all the time, in our heads. An ever-changing list of self-imposed rules that we sort of follow, but mostly change to fit our circumstance, allowing us to fall back into option 1. (see above)

So, for the 'List' step to work, I think you need to actually write it down. Commit your list to paper or to the 'notes' on your phone, or something that you can actually reference. Go ahead to write down the changes you'd like to make and some ways to achieve them.

Now that you have a list, prioritize your changes.

STEP 3 - Pick One.

Now pick one thing from the list and implement it. Make it easy and singular. Once you feel that you've mastered this change, move on to another.

What are the healthy changes we can make? The list is ENDLESS.

I guess this is what my presence here is all about. Figuring out which changes for YOU are best. (What is healthy, anyway?) Finding changes and implementing them, and sharing what I'm doing, what's working for me, and what is not. And what about when we can't change something? Let's figure out how to have the Grace to enjoy life anyway and to be grateful.

In the spirit of making changes, I'm recommending a great book.

ATOMIC HABITS, by James Clear


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