Yesterday I posted about becoming comfortable with discomfort (click here to navigate to that post). Today’s post suggests another way to handle stepping out of your comfort zone and that is by changing only one little thing.
We know that we need to change things in our lives if we want to achieve our dreams. We hesitate because the thought of change and stepping outside of our comfort zone is so overwhelming and can make us feel very anxious.
Those feelings are great feedback!
When we’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious, that feedback is telling us that we’re either making too big of a change or we’re making too many changes. That tells us we need to step back, break things down, and take them one little change at a time.
Your homework today is to take a close look at the changes you are trying to make—what you’re doing that’s out of your comfort zone. Instead of making several changes or making one big change, make only one small change or only a small piece of a change.
For instance, if you’re trying to eat healthier, instead of throwing out all the sugar, junk food, and take-out and then eating only salads, make more gradual changes in your eating habits. Choose one meal or snack and change one thing about it. For instance, you can still have the super sugar cereal that you love for breakfast, but eat a piece of your favorite fresh fruit first. Or, instead of adding the fruit (if you can’t quite manage it), you can eat one less spoonful of the sugar cereal.
Think in terms of small change and one change at a time. And think of change not only as doing something new (adding something new), but also the flip side which is taking away something—not doing something you’re in the habit of doing that isn’t serving you well.
You can do it!
I’m so proud of you!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,