Small Changes Can Change Your Life

“Life is like an ever- shifting kaleidoscope –a slight change, and all patterns alter”. – Sharon Salzberg

Do you believe that small changes can change your life?

Perhaps you believe that the only important changes are those that are substantial and have a significant impact on your life. Substantial changes can be rewarding but can also be overwhelming. When you pursue large changes too quickly or without adequate support, you can get discouraged and give up.

Rene Descartes, French philosopher, mathematician and scientist, believes in breaking down complex problems into smaller and smaller problems. I learned this philosophy while in training to become a computer programmer and debug software. Since then I’ve continued to use this philosophy in my professional life as well as my personal life.

It’s also enjoyable to hear the same philosophy said in a more playful way: Question: How do you eat an elephant? Answer: One bite at a time.

Is there a change you’d like to make? Do you feel overwhelmed or discouraged by the enormity of that change? How can you break the large change down into smaller bites that are more manageable?

If you’re not sure what you want to change, here’s a six-step process that uses small changes to impact your life in a greater way:

  1. Make a list of the small things you do that drag you down and drain your energy.
  2. Create a second list of the small things you love to do, want to do, or that make you feel excited and energetic.
  3. Each month stop doing at least one thing on the first list.
  4. For each thing you stop doing, start doing at least one thing on the second list.
  5. At the end of the month, stop and notice how your life is being impacted.
  6. Continue the process from month to month.

Have a fabulous week and enjoy playing with those small changes!

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