Small Choices, Big Changes

So often when I need to make a change in my life, I get super overwhelmed. This happens when it's time for me to start eating healthier, exercise more or break some old habit that has been unconsciously controlling me for years. Somewhere along the way I got the idea that in order to make any change at all, it has to be massive and then I get scared and I and end up taking no action at all. 

Lately I've been playing with the idea that the way to make big changes is to start by making little ones.

What if the power to change actually lies in the little decisions that we make every day? 

It can be as simple as noticing the things in your life that make you feel really good, the things that make you happy and then making the decision to do those things more. 

For me its often the difference between staying up late to watch another episode of my favorite show on Netflix or curling up early with a good book. It's the difference between reaching for a bowl of steamed greens, instead of french fries or another cup of chai. It's the willingness to say no to things that might push me over the edge of doing too much and say yes to better self-care, more time with my friends and family and more time in nature. Its pausing to take a deep breath before dealing with my kids noisy fights. It's remembering that even 10 minutes of yoga and meditation is better than none at all.

Ive learned that my best days often begin with a long walk in the quiet mornings while the kids are still asleep. I’ve found that if I can just get myself up and moving, my outlook is brighter and a feeling of gratitude will permeate the rest of the day.

My commitment to making little changes is creating new habits and these new habits are adding up to the big changes that I have been working towards for years.

When I look at it this way it's not as easy for me to squirm out of what I need to do or to blame the busyness of my life. 

Finally taking responsibility, I know that it's up to me every day, to make the choices that will lead to me living the life I actually want to live.

What are the little choices that you can make today, that might lead to big changes tomorrow?

Kirsten Warner