Making Big Leaps in Life
by Jim M. Allen
Have you ever noticed that we humans really like to do things big? We always work hard to come up with something that's not simply "the latest and greatest," it has to be something that's the "best and BIGGEST."
It's an interesting and mostly harmless human trait when applied to construction, or sports, or cooking... but when we use this same trait in our personal lives (especially as we set out to make changes in our daily lives) it can have a very negative effect.
Well, many people think that if a simple change can be effective, then a bigger, more dramatic change must be even MORE effective! --At least that's what they think at first. After a bit of time considering the "BIG CHANGE," they start realizing just how big that change actually is... and they soon discover all sorts of reasons why they shouldn't make any change at all!
It's an excuse couched inside a fake "effectiveness" issue: "If I can't make a really BIG change, then I should just wait until I can, that way I'm doing the most effective thing possible."
Uh, nope. I don't think so.
Just like a jet-pilot or a race-car driver, as we speed through our own lives, we must make continuous minor adjustments to what we are doing. These minor changes improve how we ultimately "perform" and help ensure that we "arrive" safely.
Big, sudden changes are the ones that are most dangerous, they tax our abilities and truly jeopardize our success.
Don't get me wrong, I think it's important to think big when planning your life and the scope of your life. But I know that to make that big vision a reality takes lots of hard work and involves making many, many changes to what you do, what you think, and what you believe.
As you look back, comparing where you were to where you are, it may look as if you made just a few, gigantic leaps. In reality, though, you'll have taken a lifetime of small steps, each one just a little bit closer to your goals than the one before.
Jim Allen is a professional life coach, speaker, and writer. Get more great ideas in you email every week by subscribing to Jim's weekly newsletter, THE BIG IDEA, by sending a blank email to: mailto:Subscribe@CoachJim.com (©2001 Jim Allen & CoachJim.com ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)