When you stop and think about it, changing your life for the better can seem like a pretty daunting task. When you stop and think about everything that needs to be done in order to not only make the changes, but make them stick, it’s really a wonder any of us ever even try!
One of the best ways to get past the enormity of the task is to break everything down into baby steps. Now, I know I’ve talked about baby steps before, so yes, in a way I’m repeating myself. But, hear me out…
When you’ve got big goals, the best way to achieve them is to break them down into small doable steps. Taking small, positive steps toward your goals can net you some really big results when it comes to making the changes that you want for a better life.
Here are three of those little steps to get you started.
Baby Step #1
Stop comparing yourself to others
The quickest way to derail your own efforts and to build up feelings of self-doubt and unworthiness is to compare yourself to other people. It’s a comparison that you’ll never come out on top of, because we tend to see others in the best light and ourselves more harshly.
Instead of comparing yourself to others, why not measure your success by your own standards. Set goals and work to improve on your own results instead of letting others determine how you see yourself.
Baby Step #2
Be open to learning from other people
It’s easy to get set in your ways and feel like your way of thinking is the best. It’s also really easy to get annoyed when someone does something in a way that’s different from what you would have done.
But, getting annoyed with someone else doesn’t do you any good. So instead, try stopping and asking yourself why this person is doing it that way. You could even take the initiative and ask them about what they’re doing.
If you keep yourself open to learning new things, you might find out that a different way of doing things works better than what you’ve done all along. And that can lead to more growth and bigger results for you in the end.
Baby Step #3
Try something new
Just like being open to learning new things from other people, let yourself be open to actually trying something new. A good goal is to try and do one new thing every week. Or, if you’re feeling really daring, then try to do one new thing every day.
When you add new things to your life, you not only learn something new, you give both your energy and your mindset a shift. And that’s essential for personal growth.
So, instead of feeling sorry for yourself because you’re stuck in a rut, take one small step and make a plan to try something you’ve never done before. It doesn’t have to be anything huge… I’m not advocating going out and signing up for skydiving lessons… unless you want to, of course!
But maybe take a class, or visit a spa, or get out and walk a nature trail. All it takes is something small to change up your routine and move you past the inertia of being in a rut.
These three baby steps can give your personal growth plans a jump start toward the big results you’ve planned for. And there’s a compounding effect… once you start trying and learning new things, you’ll want to do even more.
Each small tweak you make should bring you closer to your goals and allow you to experience success in making the life changes you set out for yourself.
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