The Power of Incremental Change Over Time

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If you set your goals AND write them down, you are in the top 4% of everyone in the world! Personally, I have written goals that look huge on paper. They are so big it can be daunting to know where to start. When most people can’t figure out where to start they just give up.

When a cruise ship sets sail from San Diego towards Honolulu, it has a course set for it to follow. If the ship is a foot or two off course in San Diego, it will miss Honolulu by miles!

That is the power of how a small change in direction can have a major impact over time.

Power of Incremental ChangeI know someone that can run 10 miles easy after work. In fact she does it almost on a daily basis. Me on the other hand, when I am at my best, I think I can do a combination of running and walking for 2 miles!

She didn’t run 10 miles on day one. She started with less than 2 miles and over time has increased her distance. 

The point is that making a small choice today, can make a huge difference in your life in a year or 5 years from now.

Is there something you have wanted to do for a while now? Maybe run 5 miles or play guitar or maybe even write a book? My guess is the thought of doing it all right now is daunting. 

So what if you started doing something small today? What if today you walked a mile, took your first guitar lesson or wrote 500 words? If you did one of those and kept it up, over time you would accomplish what you set out to do.

What are some small things that could breed huge change in your life?

Here are a few things I have thought of, I would love to have you add to the list in the comment section:

  • Wake up 15min earlier each day
  • Walk or run 2 miles twice a week
  • Quitting late night snacks
  • Drink 1 less cup of coffee
  • Drink 1 more cups of water
  • Write 500 words
  • Start a blog
  • Read a book this month
  • Greet your spouse with a smile and a kiss each day
  • Tell your children you love them each day
  • Smile when you walking
  • Fill in the blank ______________ (leave a comment!)

Choose 1 and do it every day for a week and see what happens. If after a week you life is worse, just stop! But if you can notice any positive change, keep going and see what happens.

One of the greatest regret we can have in life is wanting to change and never seeing it happen. 

Change takes place when we cognitively decide we are doing something different. 

What is the 1 small thing you are choosing today?

 

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Paul Jolicoeur

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Husband, Father, Disciple, Blogger, writer, author. Learner & desire to make an impact on others. Each one of us have influence on the world and this influence is a gift. We can continue to grow and increase in our influence.