I’ve recently noticed that some of the simple living changes that people are so loathe to make are only bigger versions of familiar experiences. If you’ve ever packed a suitcase and gone on vacation, you know what it’s like to live on less. If you’ve ever gotten low on groceries and had to live on ramen and canned green beans for a day or two, you know what it’s like to be a vegetarian.
When I worked with 3rd graders, my students would sometimes complain that this or that chapter book was “too hard” to read, because it was longer than the books they were used to. Eventually the kids discovered that just because a book had more words didn’t make it harder to read. A page a day is still a page a day.
In the same way, any big change is just a series of little ones. Saying “I’m not going to eat pasta for lunch today” is so much more manageable that saying “I’m going to stop eating gluten.” Putting one item a day into the donation box is so much easier than decluttering the entire house in a weekend. It’s time to stop making excuses for big changes and start finding creative ways to take small steps right now.
What big changes are you facing, and how can you make your goals bite-sized?