Take Small Steps For Big Changes
The world has changed over the past few weeks. Most of us are living a new normal. Social distancing, staying home, and just maybe we are all feeling concerned about the future. I know that I have had my moments over the past few days where I have been wondering where I will land from all that is now changing.
Yesterday, I took some time to think about where I am right now and where I truly want to be. The big moment for me was when I realized I have been preparing for this new normal. Here is what I mean.
Over the past 20 years I have been improving me. I have taken the time to learn about health and fitness. Taking action on the learning by eating better food, getting more active with regular exercise and movement, drinking water rather than excessive pop and coffee, eliminating toxic personal care products and household cleaning products, getting out in nature for a hike, to name a few.
Now these habits weren’t achieved all at once. And I think this is the biggest thing that people think about when making 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.
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 habit, can go a long way toward your success.
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:
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 try. Do you want to spend the rest of your life wondering What if? This was me 20 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 emergency to 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 so high I wasn’t sure if I could climb it. What mountain are your 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 20 years older and in better health and I am strong physically as well as mentally. Ready for my new normal. 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 food meal rather than junk food. Choose one little habit and stick to it. Celebrate this first step 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!
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 will have a huge impact on how you feel.
What are small changes you can begin NOW?
What is one tiny step you can do RIGHT NOW?
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