How a Small Change Can Make a Big Impact

Oct
31st

It doesn’t take a lot to make a big change in your life.

For me, it was just 4082 steps.

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Rewind back to a few Wednesdays ago, when I had just plopped down on the couch for a lazy night of TV before bed. I glanced at my new Fitbit that I had got the day before at an event (something  I swore I’d never wear, by the way), kinda stumped over the number that popped up on the screen.

4082 steps.

Sure… four thousand seems like a lot. But not when the average person takes eight thousand steps a day. As someone who considers themselves fairly active, always on-the-go (helloooo, I’m a city girl, not a silly suburbanite who drives everywhere), I couldn’t believe I was below average. That’s right – me. Little Miss ‘Live Your Best Life’ was rocking a failing score, whereas my suburbanite sister and mum were hitting minimum 10k steps a day. What. Da. Fuq.

But instead of going full force into a new life routine and making a plan to do ALL of the things like I normally would, I decided to make one simple change. I had just come out of a super busy season of my life, something that taught me the importance of the grace period, embracing the times when things aren’t going at full tilt. I started the next morning with a 40-minute walk, listening to music and strolling around my neighbourhood. I hit 4000 steps before 8am. The next morning, I added in a podcast, my favourite marketing stream with Jenna Kutcher, and that’s when my new routine really started to change my day. As my body got some A.M. exercise, so did my mind – my days started with drive and passion, something I hadn’t felt in awhile.

That one simple change to my day has had such a massive impact on my life. My mood has shifted, I feel inspired, and I’ve been able to start my work day with focus instead of just rolling out of bed and opening my laptop to a jumble of emails and distractions.

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There’s plenty of stuff I’d love to change/improve in my life, but trying to do it all at once? Recipe for disaster, mes amis. I’ve learned that introducing small improvements and tweaks to your daily routine is much more manageable when you ease into it. And it got me thinking – “Imagine how much I could change my body, my mind, my energy, simply by making a small life adjustment every two weeks?”

It started with a morning walk, but I’m excited to see where those steps take me. Next week, I’ll attempt to cut back on lattes (not coffee completely, that’s insane), two weeks later, maybe try avoiding social media and email until 9am. Had you asked me to make these changes a month ago when I was up to my eyes in wedding prep, I would have cried and punched you in the face… because that’s what happens when you try to change too much all at once, I’ve learned.

So whaddya say, my little renegades…. you with me?

 

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What simple changes have you made that have had a big impact on your life?
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  • Jill says:

    Love the small, simple change. It’s easy to do and not overwhelming! I am going to start doing this too!

    Jill

  • Catriona says:

    I love this! I’m currently reading Shondra Rhimes, A Year of Yes, and this it’s along these same lines. Sometimes good change is just as simple as saying yes.

    Thanks for this reminder

  • Jordana says:

    I’m with you! Luckily, I walk to/from work, so it’s easy enough to get in 6-8K per day, but a few weeks ago (maybe it was a Wednesday?), I jumped out of bed earlier than usual and I opted for a pre-work walk. It felt great. The air was fresh. So I kept going. Loving the routine. I don’t care so much about steps, but I certainly notice how I feel throughout the day-especially around the 3pm slump time. The morning walks have helped!

  • Silly Suburbanite says:

    This “silly suburbanite” averages 14K a day. BOOM.