Change One Small Thing

Why for me its much better to make several small steps than attempt one large one.

 

I love my job.  I am very fortunate.  My role as a coach is to help to inspire and motivate others, yet it never ceases to amaze me how much inspiration I draw from my clients.  Because coaching works on the principle that the client holds the answer within them, each of my clients is a constant source of new ideas and concepts to me.

 

Working with a client recently, I could see that the task of setting a goal and going all out to achieve it could potentially result in overwhelm.   The challenge that they were facing was that in order to achieve their goal there were so many things that needed changing.  Far too much.  The solution that came out of the session to just choose one small thing that takes them in the right direction was much more manageable.

 

So many of us never achieve our goals because they are too big, too daunting or quite simply, we get too bored along the way.  Imagine for example your goal is to get healthy.  Giving up cigarettes, alcohol and going on a diet whilst taking up jogging could be a step too far.  My suggestion is choose one small thing to change.  Really focus on that one small thing.  In this case, walking to work everyday for a week could be that one step.  Achieving it will give great satisfaction and provide the motivation to take the next small step.  Before you know it ten small steps will have taken you to your bigger goal.

 

So my “Change One Small Thing” campaign is underway and to kick start it I’d love to hear from you what your BIG goal is together with your first “one small thing”.  Either comment here, or email me at caro@reflectionscoaching.co.uk.  Anyone achieving their goal following a series of small changes will have their names put into a hat to win a free “change one small thing” coaching session.

 

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. San
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 20:51:20

    Goal: To see exercise making a positive difference & break the cycle of 1x week motivated exercising, 1x week in pain flare up & cant exercise, 2 weeks give up & demoralised. Then start all over again, and again, and again . . .

    One small thing: Set alarm for 8pm every day, stop what Im doing and do some form of exercise, no matter how little, as long as I do something daily.

    Here goes . . .

    Reply

    • Carolyn Trafford
      Jan 21, 2013 @ 09:44:20

      San – thats fantastic use of the “one small step” approach. I wish you the best of luck with it and hope that’ll you pop back next Sunday evening and let us all know how you went on. 🙂

      Reply

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