On the journey of personal development it can be easy to focus solely on that which you want to improve or still struggle with. Sometimes we forget to celebrate or don’t notice when we take a step forward in an area we are working on. Embracing the small changes in your life can make a big difference.
Embracing the small changes in relating to others
One area in my life where I see small changes happening continually is in the area of relationships. To someone on the outside, perhaps I seem like the same single lady I was a year ago, or even this morning, but I’m not.
A year ago, I was not embracing the small changes. I was too focused on not seeing the entire picture worked out in front of me at the snap of a finger. I had some healing and learning to do and I wanted it to happen right away-like yesterday.
Yet that attitude did not help me to heal or learn how to be a better person. Instead, it focused me on a need to control.
Small and internal changes are key to growth
How did I go from needing control to learning to let control go?
Prayer, other practices of my faith, and learning to be grateful along the way help me to let go of the need to control.
In the midst of my prayers, faith practices, and gratitude I am beginning to embrace the small changes that I notice in myself.
Perhaps no one else notices these small changes in how I approach a relationship. That’s okay. They are small and internal changes. However, the more I notice the small changes the more the small changes seem like big change.
This is how I heal and grow-one step, one change, one moment at a time. In hopes that the small changes will one day become so obvious that there’s no question at how far I have come.
Small changes can equal big change
If you start to embrace the small changes in your life they might start to feel like big changes. Small changes add up to big change.
Celebrating a small change can be as simple as writing it down in a gratitude journal or other type of reflection journal. It can be identifying a small change that you see and smiling about it. Perhaps you can share the change with someone you trust.
Noticing changes as they take place might mean stopping in the midst of the struggle and looking for the positive. Maybe it is taking a deep breathe and turning to God. It might mean taking an intentional look at where you are compared to where you were before.
Focusing on the small changes can help you stay positive and focused on that big change target.
Staying positive and focused
Stopping to celebrate a small change can help you stay away from negative thinking and can help your clarity as well. The growth from personal development comes with the struggles, small steps, and small changes that we make. Embracing the small changes in your life is a worthy goal.
What do you do to notice, celebrate, and embrace the small changes?
Comment on this post to share how you embrace the small changes in your life.
Behavior Challenge: Take note of a small change that you are making in an area that is important to you. Embrace the small change and celebrate it in a way that encourages you to keep changing. If it’s a bigger change from the result of several small changes, celebrate that too.