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Tuesday
Feb172015

How to Embrace Small Changes?

When we view change as a process, rather than a singular event, we’re able to discover seeds of change along the way. What if we nurture and view these seeds as mini celebrations on our change journey? How does that alter our experience?

 


 

How to embrace small changes?


Color

Making a small change by introducing a burst of color to a room whether it’s a new throw pillow, a vase of fresh flowers, or a brightly painted wall can be part of our change journey. Color is powerful. It can energize, sooth or motivate us. It’s a visual cue that something is different and sets the mood for positive change to occur.

 

Habits

We all have habits and patterns. As much as I advocate systems and organization, sometimes it's essential to change our routines. It’s good for our soul. It’s healthy for our brain. This past weekend, my husband and I made a small change by sleeping in our guest bedroom instead of our room. It was fun for one night to break our routine and enjoy a different perspective. Even though we were just across the hall, it felt like we went away on vacation.

 

Stuff

Several of my clients are getting ready to move. They’re making big life changes, which can feel overwhelming at times. Preparing includes organizing and letting go of “stuff” they no longer want with them for the next phase. Getting an entire house ready is a time-intensive process. Celebrating and acknowledging progress along the way is key to staying focused and motivated. Doing the “happy dance” to celebrate another decluttered closet or ten more bags ready to donate keeps the focus on now with a nod to next.

How do you embrace small changes? What mini celebrations have you experienced? Come join the conversation!

 

 

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (8)

Small changes are key to lasting change. I have found that when someone tries to make a sweeping HUGE change it backfires but when they set a goal and take small incremental steps toward the stated goal they are successful. Celebrating each step forward is absolutely the way to go. It really helps to super charge the motivation!

February 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

It is small change, consistently executed over time, that sticks. This might sound silly, but I decided one year to make my New Year's resolution very simple, so I would actually do it. I enjoy candles, so I decided to light a candle at dinner every night. It's been a change that has brought ambiance and fun to dinner, and now everyone knows I do this and gives me candles as gifts... so small, and yet, so terrific!

February 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

Small changes are less scary than big changes, they help me to take a new direction without feeling anxiety or fear. Small change is like a first step in a journey, is all what you need to embrace a new life.

February 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

Love hearing all your thoughts about the power of making small changes!

@Diane- I wonder if part of the reason small changes work is that it gives us time to adjust and readjust to what's happening. There's also the fear factor, which Nacho mentioned. Smaller steps are less scary.

@Seana- What a lovely resolution about enjoying dinner by candlelight every evening. It's such a peaceful image…and a way to make meals and family time extra special. Also nice to make gift giving so easy for your friends and family!

@Nacho- Fear so often prevents us from acting or taking chances, doesn't it? Fear will always exist, but finding ways to work with it, like those small steps towards change, make a big difference. Love the phrasing you chose…."Small change is like a first step in a journey…" It's affirming to think about change as a journey. That also reduces the fear factor.

February 18, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

We all agree about small changes. I have found having a simple word that reminds me of a big goal helps me the most all year. One year it was thrive, another mindfulness. This year it's a number ~ 15. I am celebrating 15 minutes at a time, it's my 15th year of business and I am committing to 15 veggies a week. :-) It's all about the baby steps!

February 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Wow, Ellen! Love how you've rolled in your "simple word" concept into helping you make small changes throughout the year in an effort towards reaching a larger goal. Congratulations on your 15th year in business as a Professional Organizer. Wonderful too how "15" has inspired you to be the focus for 2015's changes. Did you notice too that this is the year of 20-15? It all ties together nicely, doesn't it?

February 18, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

This is inspiring (as are most of your posts). When it comes to change, I like the band-aid approach (quickly and all at once) and dread the transition part of it, but you've shown how we can celebrate every step of the way - remembering that life isn't just a journey, but a series of mini-adventures and side trips.

March 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Hi Janet- Thank you for your encouraging words. I can understand your enjoyment of the "band-aid" approach to change. In the work that I do, most of my clients don't use that approach. Change is a slow process with ups and downs. There are times of slower progress and times of faster progress (mostly brought about by a big life change- divorce, move, death, job loss, birth, marriage.) Whatever speed we choose, there are those "mini adventures and side trips" to savor and enjoy along the way. We can definitely celebrate as we grow.

March 20, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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