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Monday, July 19, 2010

In Order to Change, Keep Moving

"The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving."

~Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

If you don't like the way your life is going, take steps to change it.  Most of us have some thing that we would like to change, but we have to be willing to take the steps and move in the direction we want to go.  Just sitting and wishing things would change is not going to get you there.  You have to be willing to take action.  You have to be willing to MOVE.  Sometimes all it takes is small steps in the right direction to begin to build your momentum.

This week:  Identify some change you would like to make--big or small.  What small step could you take that would BEGIN to move you in that direction?  First, state your intention to change.  Next, begin to take a small step in direction of the change.  How was that?  How do you feel having taken that first step towards changing something you have identified that it is your intention to change?  What is the next small step?  Keep your steps pretty small, and notice that it isn't as difficult as you might have first thought.  Do this all week.  At the end of the week, evaluate your progress toward a change.  While you may not have reached your outcome, you probably have moved forward.  If you keep this up, you will build greater and greater momentum.  Before you know it, you will have changed in the direction for which you were aiming.

Linda Pucci, Ph.D. is a psychologist, life coach and expert in helping people make changes they did not think were really possible using her solution focused approach.  At the Inner Resource Center, LLC, she helps people access their inner resources for success, happiness and greater meaning.  For more information and several free resources, go to http://www.innerresourcecenter.com/ .


Terri Brooks said...

Great advice, Linda. I know how important it is to focus on one small thing at a time, in anything you do. So change is no different. The sad part for me is deciding which thing I want to change first!! :)

Sandy Rees said...

The things I want to change all seem so big. I guess I have built them up too much in my mind. I like your idea of taking baby steps. That sure seems more doable.


Anonymous said...

Linda, your post gives me the visual of a rock climber using his pitons. He taps one in, attaches the rope, and then pulls himself up securely. He then strategically places the next one and taps it in … kinda like rinse and repeat, right?

Beth said...

Very timely - "If you don't like the way your life is going, change it." I was just reminded that when we seek change or are in change we get to set our conditions. We don't need to fit into a box that is formed by someone else :)

Sue said...

ARGHGH right to the point, and right ON the point. Off to get to work on something. :-) Thanks, Linda.
Sue Painter

Santoshamo said...

Very timely. I love, love, love what I do and as I've been moving even deeper into the work and finding more ways to offer services to clients, I occasionally feel a tad wide-eyed at what's before me. Remembering to take baby steps feels like a spring breeze! Thanks Linda!