Sometimes making changes to our life can feel overwhelming.
When we begin with the end in mind, it can seem far off and unattainable.
But what I know from making big changes in my own life and working with hundreds of coaching clients over the years to do the same is that big changes often happen through a series of smaller changes.
There are also smaller changes that we can make which have a disproportionately big impact on our quality of life.
To that end, there’s a really simple approach I call “less of this, more of that”. I use it myself and I teach it to the clients I work with. It’s rooted in the work of Robbie Vorhaus.
Robbie Vorhaus was a guest on the show back in 2016 and we talked about his book, One Less, One More: Follow Your Heart. Be Happy. Change Slowly. Essentially, Robbie says that when we try and take on too much change all at once, we very often can’t sustain it over time. Instead, he advocates for adding one more good thing to your life and doing one less negative thing each day.
That’s essentially what I suggest doing, too.
Can you spend 30 minutes less on mindless social media scrolling a day and, in its place, spend 30 minutes reading a book that will help you move in the direction you want to go? What about shaving 30 minutes off of watching TV and instead, take a 30-minute walk around the neighborhood? If you don’t want to have a snack right after work, can you FaceTime a friend instead?
If we put some thought to smaller changes that we can make and sustain, we can feel their impact right away, and then momentum very often helps carry us even further into the positive direction we want to go. The trick is to just get started and don’t make it so big that it’s really hard to sustain.
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Don’t underestimate the impact and momentum that can come from doing less of one thing and more of another. What might this look like applied to your life?
Wishing you well,