This approach is not just something I’ve dreamed up.
Small, steady improvements have been proven to work better than large scale, sweeping change. There’s a raft of studies done which talk about reducing decision making, making tiny changes and reflecting on behavior.
But, you don’t have to read all those. Because I already have. And, I’ve tried them out for myself.
Think of me as your Tiny Changes Crash Test Dummy.
So, how does it work?
These three ways.
First of all, because tiny changes are not a threat, your subconscious resistance stays asleep. Your subconscious resistance is there to protect you, to spot threats and to keep you safe. Which is great – but doesn’t help if you want to change. So a tiny change will just sneak on past, without even stirring the beast.
Secondly, trying out a tiny change is not a big deal. The stakes are lowered. You can relax, and try it, while thinking “If this doesn’t work, so what? No sweat.” There’s no skin off your nose. So you’re more inclined to give it a go if there’s nothing to lose.
And lastly, it’s easy to recover from setbacks. Say, for example, that you start a new change, and after a while, you begin to feel a lot better. Or something untoward happens. So you stop. And then, dammit, the mess piles up or the stress levels rise again. No worries.
Because the change is so tiny, you can just pick it up and start again, and get back on the horse.
Most importantly, because you’re keeping an eye on your own behaviour, you can test this out for yourself. You can decide to try one thing for a week, and see how you feel. In the process, you’ll become aware of your own thinking and beliefs around routines and habits.
Congratulations. You’re beginning to think a different way.
And that’s what will make it last.
Just be careful. Setbacks are normal. It’s how you handle them that will count.