changes have been the most important things that I've done
in my life. When I've decided not to watch certain
types of TV shows and movies, when I've decided not to
make certain types of jokes that seek a laugh at someone
else's expense, when I decide to arrive at work ten
minutes early every day, when I decide to spend five
minutes each day in prayer or meditation, when I decide to
eat fewer sweets, all of these things are very small
changes in the bigger picture of my life. But all of
them contribute to a more positive life and lifestyle,
helping me to lead a happier and fuller life.
made many huge changes in my life. I've joined the
Army, I've lived five years in Europe, I've gone to
several colleges, I've moved all the way across the
country quite a few times. When I make these
changes, though, I find that I'm not changing at all as a
person. I bring the same worries and concerns with
me. The truly important changes--the changes in who
I am and how I treat other people--are those that have to
come as conscious decisions on my part, and those that
take a bit of effort to maintain over time.
may want a cleaner work area, or I may want to be less
messy. Today I'll start with the pens--I'll find a
spot for them and keep them there. Perhaps three
days from now I'll do the same with certain types of
papers. If I approach the goal incrementally, I
allow myself to learn new habits that will help me to
reach it and stick to it.
may want to become an expert in a certain field.
This week I may read one article about a topic in that
field. Next week, I can read a book, and the week
after that another one. By the end of the year, I'll
have read at least 52 books and/or articles on the topic,
and I'll definitely be one of the most well-read persons
on the topic in my area.
changes are manageable, and they're much easier to deal
with than massive changes. If we want to change our
lives for the better, we'll find much more success in
working on many little things that will add up to a
greater whole than we will if we try to make great changes
in very short amounts of time.