Thursday, September 18, 2014

Say 'yes' to incremental change

Change need not be so intimidating. Often when you and I think of changes we want or need to make in our lives, we look at the whole kielbasa, right?! What if, instead, we just saw change as incremental? Whatever changes you face right now, can you break them down into smaller, bite-sized chunks? One bite at a time, you'll finish the job.

I spend a good deal of time at a computer, writing blogs and ezines, answering emails, researching a variety of topics—or talking on the phone with coaching clients. That often means a lot of sitting. Although I do daily exercises, I'm still not happy with all the sitting in this lifestyle. Actually, as a magazine editor, I did plenty of sitting, too.

So when I heard someone suggest that each hour I get up and do even just one yoga pose, I jumped at the thought. Yes, that's a small step in the right direction. One yoga pose or set of stretches every hour isn't going to break my time-management bank. And my body will notice the difference, I'm sure. It will help my health. I'll feel better, be happier and be more productive, I have no doubt.

We don't climb a mountain in a single leap. So why do we think lifestyle changes have to be made in one step? What would you like to change today? Where can you start? Is there one small step you can take—and then build on that with another small step later? Go for it.

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