Updated: Nov 24, 2019
Why Small, Incremental Changes?
Small, incremental changes work together in a powerful way. One plus one equals more than two! Every small change that you make will impact your success. The real goal is one small change sustained. That is how improvement and permanent change is made over time.
“Great things are not done by impulse, but a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh
Understanding and actions are two very different things. Keeping thoughts and ideas in concept rather than action once you have insight is a common challenge. This is why one small change at a time is universally effective at getting things done.
What have you experienced, learned and observed? How can you improve upon it? One small change every day. Often failure comes because we expect drastic and rapid transformation. When this doesn’t happen disappointment and giving up often follow. The real goal is one small change sustained. That is how improvement and permanent change is made.
The more you exercise ROSE (Receptivity, Organization, Sequencing, Efficiency), the stronger these muscles will be! And the better you will become at everything. It’s the process not the product. Trust your intuition and move forward.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa
We can use ROSE (Receptivity, Organization, Sequencing, Efficiency) as tools across the mind body connection to effect powerful change. Just as the mind and body are connected, all of the various areas of our lives are connected.The beauty is we can positively influence all areas of our lives and do it in manageable, digestible pieces. We can exponentially multiply our results. Let’s do it.
You can change your thoughts, behavior, and life by small intentional acts.
Choose to be vulnerable AND brave. Be willing to try just one of these things that makes you a little bit uncomfortable. Move outside of your comfort zone. Every small bit that you try will make an enormous difference to your success. You will be better and you will become better at everything.
One small change every day. It doesn’t matter what it is. It doesn’t matter if the change sticks. But if you try one small change today you’ll find some small improvements that works for you.
Consciousness in each small change we make will produce positive results. Carry ROSE (Receptivity, Organization, Sequencing, Efficiency) with you, near your heart and let your dreams come true. You WILL change and your reality with it.
All the inspirational messages, all of the pep talk can’t make you do it - whatever it is. As well, knowing that you have the power, knowing that you can make the change, it’s actually a negative for many people. It can be scary to know you have the power. It can be scary to know the changes in your life are ultimately up to you. But if you set a general intention and then just make small changes along the way, one small step at a time, you’ll be much more likely to get there. Just do one small thing today.
CHALLENGE - Choose to set aside a small amount of time today to do nothing. Absolutely nothing. Breathe, be still. You get bonus points if you do it right this minute. In time, you will slow down in your day to day and be more receptive, you’ll have clarity on the best way to organize or sequence something and efficiencies will be added in an effortless way.
Try something new every day. What sounds interesting? It could be a different toothpaste or taking a new class. Try a new food or take a different route to the store. Just try something new every day.
“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.” – Marian Wright Edelman
Focus on what you are doing well. You can identify areas with a high likelihood of success to adjust and make a little bit better. These will plant seeds for other things on other days that you become good at. Things that weren’t even on your radar. You’ll begin to see patterns of what you do well. It will blossom into other areas of your life. Notice I didn’t say YOU will plant seeds for other things. It is a passive act. You will allow what you are doing well and focus on doing that with excellence and with small improvements to create positive changes in other areas of your life.
”Every day brings another chance to make a difference.” – Nishan Panwar
Striving is rarely necessary. Working toward a goal is often hard work but equally often it is getting out of your own way. Allowing things to happen. Staying open to possibility. Appreciating what is right now in this moment and setting intentions for what you want to see in the future is much more beneficial and effective than striving. Not every wonderful change is hard work.
“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.” – Gerard Way
It’s OK to be good enough just as you are. Part of Better with ROSE (Receptivity, Organization, Sequencing, Efficiency) is recognizing when good is good enough. Don’t strive for perfection. Many of us are too hard on ourselves and others. Recognizing it and being aware is the first step.
You are your best friend. If you tell yourself you’re going to do something, you need to hear yourself, you need to be receptive and understand what it is you’re saying. You deserve to organize things for you better and choose your efficiencies. If you can count on yourself and make one small change in each of these areas, one small change in receptivity, in organization, in your sequencing, and efficiency, you will look back after some time and be amazed at the progress.
Your life will begin to improve in ways that you couldn’t have predicted. You’ll look back and think “that used to be a struggle” and find you don’t even think about it anymore. You need to be able to count on yourself. Making very small, incremental changes in these areas can bring big change. It can start with keeping your word to yourself.
If you want to improve your relationship or process or project, identify one small change that you can begin to make that will impact everything else positively. Feeling what other people are feeling in that moment, experiencing what other people are experiencing in that moment can be a great place to start.
When you stay curious, you are thoughtful. When you are thoughtful you notice more details and what’s important to yourself and others. You will see patterns and notice categories and find small adjustments.
Start small, simple and low stakes.
“Anyone who thinks they are too small to make a difference has never tried to fall asleep with a mosquito in the room.” – Christie Todd Whitman
Some goals may seem impossible. But they may become possible as you improve little by little and in lots of small ways. Every tiny step you take is making great changes that you can’t yet imagine. Miracles are happening whether you can see it right now or not.
“When we complain we are saying we do not have the power to make a difference in the situation and we make ourselves small…we become part of the problem instead of the solution! Take action to make the situation better & live bigger!” – Jefroy Hanson
Set goals for small improvements. Beat your high ‘score’ in cost, time, materials, etc.
One small change you can make is to believe in yourself. Truly. Decide once and for all that you are capable. If you think you can do it, with enough work and the right steps, you can do it. You are that powerful, you are that effective.
Breaking a task into smaller sections can make it seem much more manageable.
It may just make more sense to keep moving forward with a high focus on the positive attitude and long-term small, incremental changes.
Again by adding small improvements to the process, making things just a little bit simpler and removing unnecessary complications you are shedding further light on the preferred sequencing and organization and ultimately receptivity to the task and likely long term success of the overall goal.
You’ll begin to break the process into smaller pieces and improve. Every month we are going to make small changes that will work together in a powerful way. You can do this. You ARE doing this.
Coaching should be accessible to everyone, including you. And you need it in small bites.
People, including successful people tend to get very focused in their narrow lane of life. Your receptivity to others, your ability to communicate with them, the way you organize, sequence and increase efficiencies will all supercharge as you make lots of little improvements. You will be noticeably better and stand out.
“Making a few small changes in your life can make a big difference.” – Sonya Parker
All of the inspirational messages, all of the pep talks can’t make you do it – whatever it is. You do it by making lots of small decisions every day.
“The good thing about doing little things is that’ if it is done well, it can make a big difference compared to doing nothing.” – A.A. Milne
Knowing that you have the power, knowing that you can make the change, can be a negative for many people. It caron be scary to know you have the power to make change. It can be scary to know that the changes in your life are ultimately up to you. But if you set a general intention and then make small changes along the way, one small step at a time, you’ll be much more likely to get there.