I donít take care of myself.
I know, that may burst your bubble, but hey, cut me some slack. Iím a busy girl.
Iím sure Iím not alone in this. I mean, Iím ďprettyĒ good at taking care of others, like keeping the kids clothed and fed. But when it comes to my own needsÖI seem to ignore those. Iím not proud about this. Iím just sayiní.
The other day I replaced the wiper blades AND the dome light in my car. This may not seem like much to you, but the wiper blades really hadnít been functioning for several months Ė and I live in the Rainy City so my visual acuity was, letís just say, sub par. And I canít even remember when the dome lights actually worked!
But hereís the funny thing.
I still canít get over how great I feel now when I get in my car!
I switch my wipers on at just the hint of moisture and my windshield magically becomes crystal clear! When I park the car in the garage, I stand at the door watching the dome lights slowly dim and fade awayÖas they were meant to do.
Itís amazing how the tiniest changes can make the biggest difference. Not only in how I see, but in how I FEEL.
Itís the same thing in life.
You donít have to make a gigantic life-altering change for it to make a difference. You just have to make one small, teensy-tiny change, and that difference will lead to the next difference, and before you know it, you will have effected change in your life. Do you see the compound effect?
Somehow it seems to make an even bigger difference if itís an area youíve been ignoring. Just like my childlike delight at my newly functioning previously neglected car, you can be delighted at the newly functioning you while you move from where you were to where you want to go.
*What do you want different in your life?*
Your weight? Your job? Your relationship? Whatever it is, you just need to find one small change to make in what youíre currently doing, and you will never again be the same.
If you want to lose weight, cut out the evening snack, or add in a green vegetable a day, or park further away in the parking lot at the store, or take the stairs instead of the elevator. There are a million, easy to do miniscule changes you can make that, if implemented consistently, will produce the change you desire.
Or what about wanting a different job. Perhaps you could clean up your desk in preparation for the person who will take over for you. Or update the procedure manual so the next guy can understand it. What about getting up 30 minutes earlier and job hunt online, or send out resumes. You could start telling people in your circles that youíre looking for a job change. Or take a class to gain new skills.
The possibilities are endless.
My point is, it doesnít take much to create drastic change. Just add or subtract something small from your routine, and do it consistently over time.
And then you, too, can look in childlike amazement at how clearly you can seeÖyour new life.
Which baby step are you going to take today?