“The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.”
Madame Marie du Deffand
Making a positive change in life doesn’t have to be about big moves; world-wide impact, or changing the whole world.
The secret to real change and sustainable action is to discard this pretentious and overwhelming belief and go for smaller, constantly repeated smaller steps.
Through these smaller steps, you can start building habits that will get stronger as you build momentum. These steps have the potential to actually change your life in ways you can’t possibly imagine now.
By establishing a two-minute daily routine over the following steps, you will create a habit that would point you in the right direction. You can choose one a day, or you can invest a little time on yourself and move through the whole list.
Identify your most important task, and just start working on it for two minutes.
We all have one of those days when you just don’t feel like getting started with work, and we find ourselves dwelling lazily to the sofa.
It’s not the task itself, the hardest part is getting started. So, after you’ve started moving and working for those two minutes, it gets pretty much easier to just continue working on the task.
Review and appreciate your day
Once your day is over, take two minutes to review and appreciate what you have done. See all that you have accomplished; the finished tasks, your performance, the shared moments with friends, family, coworkers, and also the time you took for yourself.
Set a low bar for happiness
It doesn’t mean you have to lower your standards or stop going after the bigger stuff, not at all. What it means is that you are willing to appreciate things more, feel happier for the smaller things as well. This will fuel yourself with more energy and inspiration; your life will become lighter, and you will feel less inner resistance as you work towards your goals, big and small.
Whenever you feel stressed, BREATH
Whenever stress catches up with you and you start to feel anxious, upset or scared, take two minutes, sit down, breathe through your nose deeply with your stomach, and focus on your breathing.
This will calm your mind, and ease your body so you can resume your work more focused and relaxed.
Be here and now
Remove yourself out of the past; stop reliving old experiences of conflict. Stop anticipating a catastrophic future.
Focus your attention on where and when you really are, here and now.
Sit down for two minutes; see what is in front and all around you. Listen to the sounds, feel the wind and the sun on your clothes and skin; the smells in the air, the textures of what you have at hand…
Feel your present for those two minutes, and notice how this new, optimistic viewpoint starts to feel more natural to you.
I’ve saved the next five for our next blog, so you go ahead and start with these first five steps today; start gaining momentum and building towards a better state.
Start by feeling more alive today.
See you next week; until then, stay strong!
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