How small steps really do lead to big changes – 4 questions to ask

Are you feeling stuck and unable to move forward?

Does it feel like, in order to change something, you have to do something drastic or monumental?

Are you unable to make a start because you worry you won’t be able to achieve the change you want?

Change doesn’t have to be scary, and we certainly don’t need to do anything drastic!

Last week, I went and had a swimming lesson and it was such a stark reminder how small tweaks to what we are doing can make a huge difference.

I haven’t had a swimming lesson since I was in primary school. That’s quite a long time ago! I’ve always been an ok swimmer, but it was only in the last few weeks that my chiropractor has been encouraging me to start swimming again to strengthen and protect my back.

I was hesitant. I love being active and being outside. Swimming is not one of those activities I love. It’s a hassle. And it’s certainly not ideal for someone like me with long curly hair. Especially if you have lots of it!

But I thought I’d at least give it a try. If I was going to do it though, I knew I wanted to make sure I was swimming correctly and efficiently.

So, I got some help, and I booked myself a swimming lesson.

As it turns out, I’m not a bad swimmer, but there was definitely room for improvement.

So with a few minor adjustments – lengthening my arm stroke a little, just turning my head rather than lifting and turning it, keeping my chin slightly tucked down – I found that I was swimming with far more ease, confidence and with far less effort.

It really showed me that these small changes really do make a big difference!

And it also showed me that even if we’re pretty good at something, it can be so beneficial to get some advice.

This way someone can help you see what you’re doing objectively and what you might change a little to make things even more effortless!

I could never have figured out what I needed to tweak on my own.

And I’m sure after a few weeks of practicing I will need to tweak it again so that I can keep perfecting my technique 🙂

So how do we apply this to other areas of our lives to create the change we want?

There are 4 questions to ask yourself to get you taking that first small step

  1. What is it I’d really like to change? Acknowledging what’s not quite working for you right now is really important. Without first understanding what that is, we remain stuck and unable to change it.
  2. Am I ready to create that change? Knowing you’re now ready to create that change, no matter if it seems a little scary right now, will give you the motivation you need to take a step forward.
  3. What do I want right now instead? Asking yourself this question helps you unlock a solution rather than staying stuck on the problem or challenge you’re facing. The fear of the bigger goal may seem unattainable so it’s much easier to break it down into smaller goals. Our bigger goal might just shift for the better in the process.
  4. What 1 small step can I take that will get me closer to what I want? Remember this is a small step, it’s not the giant leap. Think back to how you got to where you are right now, it was a series of smaller experiences that led you here. There’s no need to hurry, work at a pace that’s comfortable for you.

Remember: Start small and build from there.  We don’t have to leave our job, our partners, or move countries as our first step. Perhaps it’s just looking to see what other jobs are out there, arranging something new and exciting to do with our partners, or it’s exploring where you might want to move to initially by going there for a mini break!

Much love,

Natasha x

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