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How To Change Your Life With One Small Step

Posted by: Anne | Posted on: August 6th, 2011 | 0 Comments

If, like me, you sometimes feel the task you are facing is too overwhelming and it is easier to ignore what needs to be done, let me tell you about a really good book I read recently called One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer PhD. The principle of Kaizen is captured in this well-known saying:

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with the first step
Lao Tzu

Maurer suggests that when we have a large goal, fear strikes – and the more important achieving the goal is, the greater the fear. We then get into the stress response of “fight or flight” and creativity and purposeful action are suppressed exactly when we need them the most!

By taking small steps that are not too harrowing, we bypass that part of our brain that sets off alarm bells and begin to achieve our big goals, small step by small step. Instead of tackling a chronically untidy desk, today I will tidy the pens and papers clips. Tomorrow will be the next step. By doing this, Maurer suggests that “your brain begins to create software for your desired change, actually laying down new nerve pathways and building new habits”.

What do you think? Is this a tactic you could use to tackle those larger THINGS?

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