Lifelong change is an important aspect to living a fulfilled life.
Not change for the sake of change (which could actually lead to something worse)…
… but meaningful change—where you think about what’s important and change with purpose.
Can you improve your chances of being successful with change?
I believe you can.
Let’s compare the two most common approaches and see which works best…
Two Approaches to Change
1. Massive Change
In today’s mentality of—go big or go home, give 110 percent, just get ‘er done…
It seems like massive action is your only option.
But massive change is exhausting.
You’re on alert at all times.
You just can’t sustain the high energy for any length of time.
Routine is Your Friend
Think about this…
Your life is filled with habits and repetition.
Your brain creates routines to make your life easier. Who wants to waste precious energy thinking through every little step of the day?
But there’s no ‘auto-pilot’ for massive change. No patterns to fall back on. No routine to take over.
Just a relentless stream of change, pushing.
You’re going to resist.
Or so says martial arts ‘Mastery’ author George Leonard,
“Resistance is proportionate to the size and speed of the change, not to whether the change is a favorable or unfavorable one.”
This resistance wears you down and pulls you back into your old habits.
And you end up feeling like a failure.
When Massive Change Works
For some big events in your life, massive change works best.
Like when you go from a full-time student to a career. Move to a new city. Get married or divorced.
The change itself is abrupt…
But… you had time to prepare mentally and physically before the event.
And then a period of adjustment afterwards.
Hopefully long enough to rejuvenate before jumping into another massive change.
2. Incremental Change
In my opinion, incremental change offers the best chance of success.
A commitment to steady, consistent improvement over time.
The big problem with this method?
It’s not impressive. Or noticeable. In fact, it’s usually downright boring.
But over time, one small change—for the better— every day, adds up to big wins.
The Power of Incremental Change
The method works because it’s easy to manage.
One improvement a day gives you time to adapt to the change and adjust your routine.
And as you practice continuous improvement, your knowledge and experience compound over time—like interest.
As Author and Habit Expert James Clear explains:
“Committing to a 1 percent improvement every day, means over the course of a year, you’ll be 37 percent better.”
Celebrate the Small Wins
Keep track of your successes and celebrate the small wins.
Do more of what works and less of what doesn’t.
And notice how your belief in your capability soars.
Make a Choice to Live a Fulfilled Life
Change makes you more flexible, exposes you to new people and experiences and opens the door to even more possibilities.
Keep improving every day.
In your business. In your relationships and in your life.
Live a fulfilled life.
This is my wish for you.