The key to making lifestyle changes without overwhelm is to think smaller.
Have you ever taken a flight and ended up somewhere you didn’t expect? Most likely, you have not because passenger planes have exact guidance instruments that lock on to a course and keep it there. I would venture to say that 100% of all flights land at their intended destination if there were no external issues like weather or something outside the guidance system control. Thanks to modern technology, we can travel without feeling confused about where we will land.
Success comes in small degrees of change over time.
But did you know that if you were to board a flight in LA, headed to NY, and the pilot adjusted the path by just 3.5 degrees, you would end up in Washington DC instead of New York? That would be about a 4-hour drive or 1-hour flight -not precisely hitting the target.When it comes to being intentional about “getting somewhere” or achieving your wellness goals, a common pitfall is to take an “all or nothing” approach. You feel an urge to do ALL the things, and you expect to see significant results immediately. But when the anticipated results don’t come, you feel discouraged and possibly resentful that you even started the journey.
What if I told you that the key to success was to do less?
Most of us find it hard to believe that less is more. But I can tell you from my own experience as a life coach, most of us struggle with an all-or-nothing mindset. We want to do “all the things” because we believe we can. If we can do a little, surely, doing more is better. That type of mindset leads us to disappointment and feeling like a failure. If you want to avoid feeling overwhelmed, I encourage you to think in terms of baby steps. What if you focused only on a 1% tweak in your habits each day? One little bit today, and once that becomes easy, you can add another bit. Continue building and stacking small increments, much like compound interest on a bank account. When you incorporate tiny habits upon tiny habits, you will create a new lifestyle system that is complete, solid, and not easy to break!
Are you wondering how to apply thinking smaller in daily life?
Here are six simple steps to make small changes that will lead to significant results:
- Replace one soda per day with water
- Replace fruit juice with real fruit
- Practice mindful eating – turn off screens and be present with your meal.
- Out of sight, out of mind! Put those temptations out of plain view.
- Meal prep for the week. Having healthy options readily available will help limit impulse eating.
- Get your Zzzz’s. Sleep impacts your energy which affects your cravings.
If you were to implement a simple 1% change and remain consistent for a year, the math shows that you would see 37 times the success rate. And by the same token, continuing to make poor choices consistently will lead you to 37 times WORSE results over a year.
You see, change is much more doable when you take it one small piece at a time. Indeed, slowing down and thinking smaller is more than half the battle.
Which one of these tips are you willing to start working on today?