What I’ve Learned: Change One Little Thing

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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.

 

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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,

Lauren

What I’ve Learned: How to Feel Comfortable with Discomfort

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Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.

— Brian Tracy, Author

 

Today’s quote hits the nail on the head. If you are unwilling to feel uncomfortable, then your likelihood of moving forward and of eventually achieving your dreams is greatly diminished. In fact, you most likely will not move forward and, therefore, will not achieve your dreams.

 

Feeling uncomfortable does not mean that, in order to move forward and achieve your dreams that you must be in a state of constant panic and fear.

 

Not true and not at all necessary!  Feeling mildly uncomfortable is just fine because it tells you that you’re out of your comfort zone–your rut–and you’re doing new things.  And that’s what it takes to move forward into your dream life.

 

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Your homework today is to know that you don’t have to terrorize yourself in order to move ahead into your dream life!

 

All you have to do is break these fear-inducing steps into much smaller bits until you get to specks that are only mildly uncomfortable. Then do those specks!

 

Dare yourself to do this regularly. Then when you find that you’re getting used to this level—in other words, that you’ve established a new comfort zone—once again challenge yourself to take bits and specks of steps that are mildly uncomfortable.

 

Keep doing this and gradually you’ll be less and less intimidated and frightened by the discomfort caused by encountering new situations.

 

You can do it, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

You Will Survive

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All of Life wants to survive. Since you are a part of Life, you, too, have this primal, compelling urge for survival.

But what if you’re up against an enormous, thick wall? How do you survive that?

Using the special Vision and custom-made Talents and Gifts that you innately have, if you look—if you poke and prod—you’ll find a chink in the wall’s mortar. Keep poking and prodding at that weak place and, little bit by little bit, you’ll chip away at it and you’ll work your way through the block.

Not only will you survive, but you’ll be better off because of the knowledge and experience you’ll gain while breaking down the block!

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Your homework today is to trust in yourself—your talents and abilities, your intelligence, and your ability to figure things out.

Take things one step at a time. Break them into small pieces and little parts. Break those into tiny bits. Keep breaking those down into smaller and smaller fragments until you get to the specks that are just the right size for your schedule and wherewithal. Then do those tiny bits and specks!

You can do it—go for it!

Have fun with this because you’re on the super highway to your dreams!

WooHoo!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

 

Do Something–Anything!

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The only way we’re going to reach our goals and our dreams is by moving toward them. The only way to move toward them is to take steps every day—or as regularly as possible. When we do this consistently and persistently, then we’re guaranteed to reach our dreams.

WooHoo! 

But what if the steps are too overwhelming or we just don’t know where to start or what to do next? Then do something, anything. Even doing the “wrong” thing is better than just sitting there like a bump on a log (as all of our parents used to say to us!).

 

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Your homework today is to get busy doing something—anything! Do what seems most logical and the best idea at the time. As you take steps and pieces of steps, you’ll learn new information and see things from a different perspective. This will help you take the next step, or bit of step.

Keep going! Take the next bit of a step—move forward!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Decide to Move Forward

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“You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It won’t happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.” ― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

You MUST move forward. No problems are solved, no answers are found, by staying where you are or trying to go backward.

Moving forward is the only solution.

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Your homework is to take the next step. Remember to break it down into as tiny of a piece as possible—the smaller the better! Tiny specks of steps are less overwhelming so you’ll be more apt to do them. And, tiny increments of forward movement add up over time.

Take the next piece of a step!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

A Perfect Day for Celebrating Special People

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We all have—or have had—special people in our lives. Whether they’re still in our lives or not, these extraordinary people have believed in us, supported us, and encouraged us not only when we were easily motoring along toward our goals but, more importantly, they were cheering and urging us on when we couldn’t do the tiniest bit of that for ourselves.

THANK YOU!

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Your homework today is to take time to celebrate and thank these people. Appreciate them for so generously giving you the gift of themselves. Celebrate them and let them know how thankful you are that they are in your life.

Even if they are no longer with you on Earth, send thanks into the ethers; I’m positive they’ll receive it!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Review Your Week: Do What You Think is Right

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Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Your homework today is to review your week and as you do so, keep an eye toward whether or not you’re doing what you think is right—listening to the Still Small Voice inside.

Of course it’s fine to listen to advice and counsel from people who you know have your best interest in mind, but when it comes down to it, you must listen to the whispering and urgings of your heart and soul.

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As you’re reviewing, note the progress you’re making—the tiny bits, fragment of bits, slivers of bits, and teensy specks of bits of steps.

The size of the progress does NOT matter. What matters is the CONSISTENCY and PERSISTENTLY of taking those teensy increments of forward movement.

Over time, they add up—guaranteed. And, sooner than you’d think, you’ll find that you’ve achieved your dreams. WooHoo!

 

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So, celebrate those tiny specks of steps. You are awesome for doing them! Yay you!!

Keep going, keep taking those tiny bits of steps!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of your progress! You’re amazing!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren