I was chatting to one of my course participants recently. She has been concerned about attending a Springboard programme as she thought that she might have to make radical changes to her life. She was telling me how she was really pleased that our focus was on making small changes. That had made everything really easy for her.
Today I was reading about a new pilot in schools to promote healthy lifestyles. The head teacher was saying that asking the chidren to give up their chocolate bar on two days a week was a small enough thing to do that it was OK. If they had banned chocolae then there would have been a revolt and no progress would be made.
One of my colleagues tells a story about a jet leaving London to travel to New York. Imagine that there is a straight line between the two. Lets say that as the plane sets off the pilot makes a tiny change in the direction that the jet is travelling, only maybe one degree difference. After seven hours flying where will they be? Well they certainly won't be at their original destination. They will more likely be in Miami or Baffin Island (either of which would be preferable to New York in my opinion).
The thing is, you can get big changes over time by making only small alterations in they way that you do things today. So if you need more sleep you could choose to go to bed 10 minutes earlier than your normal time. Not ten minutes extra earlier every day, otherwise you'd very soon be in bed for 24 hours (OK maybe not such a bad idea!). Anyway with that 10 minutes extra you'll have just over an hour extra every week, which will build to 30 hours extra over a month. So you see just by making one very small change you have had a significant effect over time.
What one small thing could you do differently today that could make a big difference over time? When will you do it? How will you know if its making a difference?