Sometimes its small steps that can bring big change…

Posted Friday, September 12th, 2014. Filed Under My Daily Dose

I want to share an article from the Oprah magazine, July 2014 issue, which asks “O” readers, “What small upgrade has had an impact on your life?” See what these women have done to change their life….

Venessa Jeakins
Hamilton, Ontario
“Starting a gratitude journal. I write in it every day about all I’m grateful for, from small things – like smiling at a stranger (and having my smile returned!)- to bigger things, like falling in love. Even on a tough day, by the time I’m done writing, I always feel better, lighter, and happier.”

Andrea Stuckey-Hundley
Kennesaw, Georgia
“Taking vacations with my family. I once used days off to clean the house or catch up on doctors’ appointments, but during a trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina, I decided that at least once a quarter, we’d leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind. Our vacations don’t have to be extravagantly expensive, but they do have to be spirit filled.

Nkem DenChukwu
Sugar Land, Texas
“Deleting people who have a negative mind-set from my contact list – a small upgrade, but big for me. I understood that if I kept them in my inner circle, my value and thinking would be degraded.”

Christine Skony
“Listening to stand-up comedy albums during my commute. It’s hard to have road rage when you’re cracking up!”

Stephanie D. Fischer
Washington, D.C.
“Taking a photography class after I separated from my husband and moved to another city. It was just the push I needed to step out of my comfort zone, meet new people, and explore.”

Janine Yordy
Huntersville, North Carolina
” I bought big buckets to fill with bright flowers for my front and back porches. Now no matter which way I look out, I see beauty and smile!”

There is a belief for some that to make big changes in your life requires some big movement/action. This is often not true. Over time it may seems, “Wow I’ve made so many changes and I’m a completely different person” however that is accumulative. Ad genius Rory Sutherland in a TED talks, “Sweat the Small Stuff” showed through economics how very small changes can have disproportionately huge effects, while massive, sizable activity can sometimes accomplish nothing.”

I think we can all agree that we have seen this in our lifetime (many of our politicians!).

It begins with baby steps. If for instance you want to quit smoking and you smoke one less cigarette a day for a period of time until one day you are down to one a day and you decide I’m done and voila you quit. The benefits of not smoking are endless and can have a huge beneficial impact on your health and life and that of your family and friends.

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