How many times have you planned something with great excitement and enthusiasm – starting going to the gym four days a week, eating super healthily from tomorrow, finishing work on time every night – and then for no specific reason you can pinpoint, you somehow fell back into your old ways? You probably forget the key ingredient, that consistent small steps equals big results.
Does this sound familiar? Then, read on…
What happens in an air-conditioned room set to 22 degrees when you open the door and the outside temperature is 32 degrees? At first, the room warms up, but when you close the door, the temperature will eventually return to 22 degrees. The thermostat, in the air-conditioning unit, has a specific job to do – bringing the temperature back to its pre-programmed level, right?
This is exactly what happens when you plan and start to make massive changes. If you suddenly start exercising four days a week, when you had previously never exercised before, or you cut out all unhealthy food choices in one go, your inner thermostat, which is designed to keep you safe, and look after the ‘status quo,’ works hard to return things to ‘normal’. Normal being the comfort zone you were living in before you changed – whether comfortable or not!
Small steps equals big results
The answer to this, is to take small steps, so you don’t scare your inner thermostat, and it can work with you. Adapting gradually to the changes, rather than startling it with the equivalent of a massive temperature change, so it works hard maintaining the status quo by finding a way to sabotage your success.
A journey of a thousand miles starts with one small step, yet, more importantly, small steps build into something great, just like compound interest can help you grow your bank account over time, perhaps paying your mortgage off quicker? If you would like some help, grab yourself a copy of my book, Creating Healthy Life Habits
Small steps are the fuel for changing the results in your life, or changing your life results! Now, that is good news isn’t it?
So, what small step will you take today?