Seven Small Simple Steps For Big Life Changes
I'm not sure if you have noticed but the world has changed. There has never been a better time to think about using the idea to practice these seven small simple steps for big life changes that we will share with you today.
Over the past two years, I have used this time to practice the idea of making tiny changes and seeing a big change in my life. What the result has been is me living a more disciplined life, reducing my weight by about 40 lbs., getting into great physical shape and feeling better overall.
Over the past 25 years, I have been in the practice of improving and in the past two years I have taken more action on those tiny steps and the result has been bigger changes.
You see what I learned is to change it takes practicing these seven small simple steps for big life changes every single day. And for so many, that sounds too easy and so they don't even attempt to use this idea to reach their desired goals in life.
Now, these practices and habits weren’t achieved all at once. And I think this is the biggest thing that people think about when making a change. It is about small daily actions over time that allow you to realize new and better habits.
Taking the first step is always the hardest part. It's not uncommon to see people never do what they have in mind just because they're too scared or overwhelmed to get started. Begin to think of change as simple tiny steps that allow you to win every day.
New experiences come with a dose of fear. You must embrace the unknown and take risks. Not everyone is willing to let go and take on these challenges.
Believe it or not, you can bring your ideas to life without changing everything at once. It's that first step that can move you in the right direction. Small things, such as building a new practice or habit, can go a long way toward your success in any area of your life.
Why Taking the First Step Is the Hardest
No matter what you're trying to achieve, taking the first step can be mind-wrecking. You might think:
What if I fail?
How will I make money?
What will people think?
What if I’m no good?
What if it's not the right time to do it?
Am I ready for this?
The truth is that no one can guarantee that you'll succeed.
However, you’ll never know how it's going to turn out unless you commit to taking action toward what you want to achieve.
Do you want to spend the rest of your life wondering What if?
This was me 25 years ago. I was almost 100 lbs. overweight, low energy, and certainly not living my best life. Then, I was called to the hospital because my mother broke her hip and needed a full hip replacement. My mother had to lie in the emergency for 2 days until they could do the operation.
It was at that time that I realized if I didn't make changes I was going to be my mother in 20 years. The very next day I started to make changes. It was a big challenge for me. A mountain that was so high I wasn’t sure if I could climb it.
What mountains are you facing right now with your health and fitness?
That first step is always the hardest because it requires you to embrace the unknown and face your fears. It's also the most important step - without it, nothing will change.
I am now 25 years older now and in better health and I am strong physically as well as mentally. Ready for my new normal each and every day. And you can definitely achieve the same for yourself.
Feeling Scared? Take a Half Step to Change Your Life
Most times, it's the small things that have the biggest impact on our lives. You don't have to change everything from one day to the next. If you're scared of the unknown, do one little, minuscule thing to get started.
It can be contacting real estate agents to find a flat in your dream city, putting on your sneakers and getting outside for a walk or eating one healthy real-life-affirming food meal rather than junk food.
Choose one little practice and stick to it until it is a part of your day. Celebrate this first step WIN and feel proud of it.
Then, take another step and then another, and so on.
Stop waiting for the perfect moment to get started. Stop overanalyzing and just go for it!
There is NEVER the perfect time to start.
The best time to start was yesterday. The next best time is NOW.
Now is especially a great time to begin a new health and fitness practice. Small changes done daily over the next few months and years will have a huge impact on how you feel.
What are small changes you can begin NOW?
Hydrate - Drink more water
Eat Real Food – cooked by you in your own kitchen – if you are not in the habit of cooking at home we recommend learning 3 new recipes and once you are happy with your skills with those 3 new recipes add 3 more new recipes to your cooking toolbox.
Breathe – here is an article to help you with a powerful breathing technique called Box Breathing - https://www.livestrong.com/article/74944-box-breathing-technique/
Move your body more – walk – bike – do a home workout (Not sure how? Check out our resource page for the fitness programs we use and recommend here
Sleep – the often forgotten Pillar of Wellness – poor sleep is the cause of many health issues - now is a great time to practice good sleep habits – go to bed at the same time every night, avoid bright lights before bed, sleep in a dark cool room
Journal – write about your WHY – this will help you focus on what is important to you for those challenging days and journaling will help you realize your successes as well - We wrote a blog post with the idea of helpin you get clear on your WHY - check it out here - Implement The 5 Whys Method To Energize Your Best LifeMeditate – "Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health. And these benefits don't end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and may help you manage symptoms of certain medical conditions." Source -
What is one tiny step you can do RIGHT NOW?
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