It’s January, resolution time. I bet many of you have resolutions. I don’t do resolutions.
I try small changes that help me accomplish what I want. I often ask, “Can I do one more?”
When I want to increase my steps, I say, “Let’s try one more.” It might be a lap around the driveway, or a lap around the house, or just one more length of the kitchen. I try one more and I succeed.
I’ve been trying to lose a few more pounds. In this case, I try, “Can I do one more vegetable and less protein?” (I low carb, so I make different tradeoffs than you might.) “Can I do one more tablespoon of fat and have less protein?” (I try to stay ketogenic. I like food, what can I say?)
With writing, I might do one more timebox of five minutes.
It could be anything. The idea is I challenge myself to improve, but just by a small amount. No big commitments, no resolutions. Just one small thing, as in one more step. One more keto approach. One more word.
What is the smallest change I can make that allows me to progress?
With small changes, I am more likely to succeed. Not always. One day this week it was in the 20’s and windy. I asked myself if I could do one more lap outside and the answer was, “No. Not on your life. I’m going inside.” I was way too cold. Sometimes, I don’t do one more.
When I try a small change, I challenge myself to do one more improvement. Just one, not a gazillion. I’ve seen several good benefits to my little challenges:
- I’ve been walking 200-300 more steps on my walks.
- I feel healthier. I lost 5 pounds from July-December. I know this is slow weight loss. It’s still a loss.
- I wrote more, even though I had a ton of client work and life interruptions.
Here’s what interesting to me: My self-esteem is higher because I’m succeeding more often.
For me, “one more” is a trigger to do better. It might work for you, too. It’s a small change.
That is the question this week: What’s the smallest change you can make?