Where I live, we are in the full swing of spring - blossoms of every color are exploding hither and yon, the temperature is creeping upwards as the days stretch out longer, and my husband and I are off to another strong start in this season’s “Weekend Warrior” home improvement games.
A couple of weeks ago, I was chatting with a neighbor about that day’s project: we’d stained our concrete front stoop black. It was a relatively simple alteration, but the difference was dramatic, and my neighbor happily exclaimed -
“It’s so wild how one small change can have SUCH a huge impact!”
And wowza did that give me food for thought in about a thousand other areas of my life, because SHE’S SO RIGHT; one small change really CAN have such a huge impact.
Sometimes, the culturally prevalent “Go Big or Go Home” mentality does us a disservice by stopping us in our tracks before we even get started. We may hesitate to make any adjustments in our behavior because we don’t really believe that a tiny shift can significantly matter in the grand scheme of things. We rapidly expect expert-level performance from our beginner selves, and we erroneously operate under the assumption that if we can’t do it perfectly, we shouldn’t do it at all.
But here’s the thing, as my neighbor so astutely pointed out - small hinges can swing big doors.
Look, my husband and I definitely have big, big plans for our front yard that go beyond a paintbrush and some black stain. But for a variety of reasons, not everything can happen at once, so we’re doing what we can with what we’ve got to intentionally get us closer to where we want to be.
Imagine us saying “Since we can’t landscape this entire yard right now, let’s not bother even planting a single flower.”
Silly talk, right?
So let’s be careful not approach our health or fitness that way, either.
Nobody is expected to have it all figured out the moment they decide to make a change - this is a process, and the sooner we settle into it for the long haul, the easier it becomes to prioritize which actions need attention first. It’s like they say, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing - in fact, adopting an #allorsomething mentality is arguably even more effective for long-term success!
That’s exactly what I’m interested in focusing on this week - recognizing and celebrating the Something.
When you can’t do it all, what can you choose to do anyway? What's your Something? Because it really does all add up, it really does all matter, and you’re DEFINITELY really worth it.
Give it a think - what’s Something you can challenge yourself and commit to this week to get you thaaaaat much closer to where you ultimately want to be?
I'm interested in knowing if you're interested in sharing!