If I have learned anything at all over all these years of personal growth it’s that small, consistent changes is what gets me to my ultimate goals.

In the past I would be so down on myself for not meeting my goals, especially as it concerned my health and weight loss, and then jump from one diet to the other in hopes that this new diet would be THE diet that FINALLY woke me up and worked for me.  Amazing how that never happened.

Why?

Diets don’t work!

Diets don’t give you the tools to manage your life.

Diets don’t give you the tools to eat healthy and nourish your body.

Diets don’t give you the tools to wake up your brain and figure out how to make lasting changes.

Diets don’t give you the tools to create an extraordinary life.

Diets don’t give you the tools to stop numbing your feelings and bolting for food, or cigarettes, or a movie, or video games, or whatever it is you use to check out of life.

Diets don’t give you the tools to stop being sick and tired of repeating the same process over and over without real change.

Diets don’t give you the tools to create intimacy in your life.

I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture.  Diets are a temporary fix – a patch that might feel good in the moment, but doesn't get down to root issue.

If you want permanent, lasting change in your life then the diets have to stop and you need to get on the train that takes you to discovering your remarkable power.  You are more powerful than you know and you can wake up that power when you start taking baby steps, or small consistent changes, to  create this dramatic impact in your life.

How to Make Small Consistent Steps

It took me getting vestibular neuritis to fully understand this concept of small consistent changes, but once I discovered it and applied these baby steps, my life dramatically changed.

The number one objection I hear when I’m coaching clients around taking action is the time it takes to make changes.  Time is a huge factor when we think about implementing anything new in our life.  We live in a society where we have packed our days full of activities, but also meaningless activities that numb and provide little benefit to bringing more joy into our lives.

I hear you loud and clear.  I’ve been there, done that, and got the gold metal for procrastinating, complaining about the time it takes to make changes, and guess what?  I was fooling myself.  I was telling this web of stories to myself about how little time I had.

Here’s how much time it will take you each day to start taking small consistent steps.  You ready?

5 minutes!

That’s it – 5 minutes.

I know we ALL have 5 minutes to spare.

I’m sure you’re wondering, “What in the world can I do for 5 minutes that will dramatically change my life?”  Yep, that’s a great question and truly valid.

Wait for it, wait for it…….

5 Things You Can Do for 5 Minutes a Day for Dramatic Impact

Meditate:

This can be simply focusing on your breath, quieting your mind, or closing your eyes and focusing on your vision/dream.

Gratitude Journaling:

Focusing on what you are grateful for is a practice that will get you out of your tiredness and start focusing on the positive aspects of your life.  What you focus on is what your draw into your life so start focusing on the things you’re grateful for that bring you peace and happiness.  Be clear, descriptive, and detailed.  If journaling isn’t your thing then close your eyes before you sleep at night and write it down mentally.

Body Love:

One of my many rituals is to give my body some gratitude for what it does for me on a daily basis.  For all the years that I shamed it and complained about a body part I didn’t like – it was time to forgive and to love and show it how much I appreciate it.  For this exercise I will tell each body part how much I appreciate it and why I love it when I’m soaping up in the shower.  Now that’s a freebie of time because you’re already taking a shower!

Self Care:

This is one of my favorites.  Many times when we’re down on ourselves we stop taking care of our bodies.  Go grab your favorite lotion and give yourself a foot massage or rub lotion all over your body.  Give yourself a facial or a manicure and pedicure.

Stretch or Walk:

Simple stretches or walking allows you to reconnect with your body and listen to.  Start with 5 minutes and notice how you feel.

See, that was easy right.  Five minutes is nothing.

What you’ll notice though as you start to reconnect with your body and focus your awareness on healthy, positive decisions, is that you are feeling better, calmer, and more positive. You have more energy.  So you start adding another 5 minutes until next thing you know you’ve increased your time to 20 minutes a day of one small consistent change or several.

I’m sure you can think of a multitude of ways to provide more self care and actions that can be turned into small consistent changes that will result in a dramatic change in your life.

Let me know below what small consistent changes you enjoy and have implemented.

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