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Written by Lisa Grace Byrne of WellGrounded Life.
All around us there are messages about the New Year — new possibilities, new opportunities for change, ways to set your resolutions and meet them!
Do you feel like you already missed the boat?
For years if I didn’t wrap up all my new year’s dreams, goals and action plans in a pretty little bow right when the clock struck midnight New Year’s Eve … I might as well just can my ideas and settle back into life as-is.
And when I did think about what kind of growth and change I wanted in the new year, I bought into the idea that either I had to go for massive change or give up shifting direction at all.
Because of course … that’s what it takes, right?
“Go big or go home.”
“If you can’t do it right, don’t do it at all.”
“Life’s too short to play small.”
Over the years, subconsciously, those messages ended up translating into massive stagnation for me.
Because after I added the title “Mom” to the picture, I didn’t have the capacity to put life on hold and go all out, radically changing my life overnight.
Photo by Simon Law
And so, since I didn’t know how to walk the crazy, messy, beautiful, baby-step way of true change, I found myself spinning my wheels and frustrated, thinking I had to put all my dreams on hold until years in the future.
That is, until I began experimenting with small, consistent, strategic shifts — little bits every day that slowly turned me around and helped me to start moving forward again.
The truth is that this very method of “small shifts-big impact” is the only thing that has ever truly worked in my life and I’ve witnessed it work in hundreds of other women’s lives as well.
The simplicity of this approach can seem laughable — especially to moms who are already overtaxed and stretched too thin. But the old adage of “slow and steady wins the race” really IS helpful for those of us who are in the marathon of mothering.
Where in your life are you sabotaging your success because you can’t do “success” perfectly right now?
Photo by Randi Hausken
Can you see ways of breaking down your bigger goal into small, simple, smart steps that begin to shift your whole trajectory over time?
If you’d like to experience small shifts that lead to big changes, I invite you to join me for my upcoming, no-cost webinar, New Eyes for the New Year. I’ll be sharing how to understand vibrant living as an inside job that happens every day but that doesn’t ask you to exhaust your time or your energy in the pursuit of it.
We’ll gain clarity around the six pillars of a solid self-care practice and how to make them a natural part of your life.
We’ll also talk about the concept of “anchor practices” — simple yet powerful tools that will help you weather the inevitable storms of life because let’s be honest … our best intentions can get waylaid when life gets rough (and it will!).
Being prepared for rough stretches can make all the difference in how quickly you can bounce back.
When have you seen small shifts create a big impact in your life?
I loved this – small changes can truly have an awesome impact!
Claire’s latest post: Happy New Year!
Lisa, I had already signed up for your webinar and linked to it in on my most recent blog post when I saw this guest post of yours. I just added in a blurb from the top of your article. My article is “Move Forward in 2015” and you can find it here: http://thismomgrowsup.blogspot.com/2014/12/move-forward-in-2015.html
I’m especially interested to hear what you have to say about anchor practices! As a mom of 10 (six still at home, one home schooling), I can use all the help I can get!
Virginia Knowles’s latest post: Move Forward in 2015
Oh this is SO TRUE! I have started setting smaller goals (I make it a little challenge for myself) and it’s so much easier! And less discouraging. 🙂
Emily’s latest post: How to Set Goals using Short Challenges and Mini Goals