Have you ever heard a story about someone – a cousin of a friend of a friend – who was overweight. And then cut out pop (soda for non-Minnesotans) and lost like 40 pounds without changing anything else?
Or someone kept everything else the same but started meditating 10 minutes a day and then they met the love of their life.
Or your college roommate’s boss began a journaling practice and now makes double what she made last year.
You know the type of story I’m talking about. Someone changes one little thing and it works wonders. It seems so simple. It’s almost too simple. It’s hard to believe that one change could do so much.
Here’s the thing. It’s not that they chose to cut out pop, or meditate or start journaling. It’s that they starting doing something.
It doesn’t always matter what change you make first. It just matters that you made a change.
The singular changes made by the people in these stories work so well because they started from a place of doing nothing at all to change their situation, and then they committed to doing at least one thing. The commitment is what did it. Not the thing itself.
You could swap out soda for a healthier lunch or a daily walk and the result may have been the same.
The 10 minutes of meditation could have been a long walk or reading a book.
The journaling practice may as well have been meditation or a weekly meeting with a mentor or positive affirmations.
The point is that those people committed to taking action.
So if you’ve ever felt paralyzed over where to start here’s your answer.
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Pick any random tip, a piece of advice or suggestion from a book and go with it.
Close your eyes and point down at your notebook and go with where your finger lands.
Pick the one that makes you laugh, intrigues you or peaks your curiosity.
Yes, I’ve written about a thousand changes that I (and science) believe are really impactful, but if trying to choose the “right” one is getting in the way of you doing anything… do whichever one you want.
Just do one.
After getting over my own decision paralysis, I’ve been taking action left and right.
Because I finally realized that the order doesn’t matter.
It’s all about the action.
So as you’re reading this, before you move on with your day, just pause…
Think about one thing you can take action on. Just one. And then commit to doing it.
Let the second half of the year (or month, or week) be the half where you took action and got results.
In 6 month’s time, your cousin’s friend will be telling her friend about you, and all that you accomplished.
So get to it!