It’s difficult to change your life all at once. But what you can do is take smalls steps to effect change gradually. Small steps are doable. In fitness, for example, whether you want to lose weight, build muscle, get stronger or accomplish a specific goal (e.g. completing your first 5km), the key to any permanent change forming good habits that stick (and un-sticking the bad ones). The main reason fad diets don’t produce lasting results is because they are a quick fix. A quick fix that consists of unsustainable habits (remember the lemon juice-maple syrup-cayenne pepper diet?).
For a large change to take place physically, spiritually, mentally or emotionally, a long series of small changes must occur first. Humans are extremely complex beings comprised of slight nuances and small, subtle details. These small changes are usually set in motion by a major insight or epiphany that causes a person to unconsciously make decisions that eventually affect their thoughts, behaviour, habits and then ultimately their lives.
Consider what happens when a large ship needs to change direction. A large rudder is used to steer the ship, but this rudder is too large to be moved without first employing the energy of several smaller rudders. This energy combined is what gives enough momentum to power the large rudder and in turn change the direction of the large ship.
The lesson: while a decision to change the trajectory of your life may be conscious, the results do not come immediately and take a number of small changes in succession to be noticeable in reality.
So, if you’re thinking of starting a transformation in your life but feel a little overwhelmed at the idea of a huge overhaul, here are a few quick tips to help along the way:
- Change your environment (even if only temporarily)
- Seek wisdom from a mentor in order to facilitate the transformation
- Think of salient events or triggers in your life that have affected your way of thinking and try to revisit them
What has been the biggest transformational change in your life? How did you get there? Let us know—We’d love to hear your stories!