You can change your world

Ever try to eat an elephant? Just kidding! But in reality, that’s what we’re attempting whenever we try to make a huge change in our life.

I admit I feel most comfortable when I stay in my tried and true comfort zone. Oh, I sometimes think about what my kids call my “boring” lifestyle and wonder about jazzing things up a bit. But it’s all talk. I actually love my routine and regimented schedule. It helps me feel balanced.

I guess we all tend to be creatures of habit. But sometimes those habits don’t serve us very well. That’s when change can be a good thing.

While I don’t throw caution to the wind very often, there are times that I really do want to try something new, take a risk, push myself. For example, I’m currently exploring new ways to find more tranquility in my life. Stretching myself is exhilarating . . . and a little scary.

Maybe you’ve been thinking about stretching yourself a little too.

Approach any change you decide to make as a slow, easy-to-manage process. No need to pressure yourself. Try this:

  1. Contemplate your change. Devote 5 minutes to just thinking about why you want/need to make a change.
  2. Imagine your dream. Visualize for 5 minutes how your world will be a whole lot different/better with this change.
  3. Take one teensy “bite” at a time. Start with one little baby step. Do something, anything, toward your goal for 5 minutes.
  4. Celebrate your progress. Bask in the inward glow of satisfaction you feel for your 5 minutes of success.
  5. Increase the time a little. If you feel energized after your 5 minutes of change, add another five minutes.

There’s a multitude of 5 minute possibilities that can lead to a long-lasting transformation in your lifestyle. Consider any change that would bring you closer to how you really want to live your life.

Want to exercise more?

  • Jump rope.
  • Walk the dog.
  • Learn a yoga pose.
  • Belly dance.
  • Play ball with a child or pet.

Want to eat in a more healthy way?

  • Chop some veggies for snacks.
  • Enjoy a piece of fruit.
  • Drink an extra glass of water.
  • Throw out your junk food.
  • Eat slower and savor your food.

Want to be more positive?

  • Count your blessings.
  • Read an uplifting book.
  • Do a kind deed for someone.
  • Change a negative thought to a positive one.
  • Pay a compliment.

Want to be more organized?

  • Clear off your desk.
  • Make a to-do list.
  • Rearrange a drawer.
  • Make your lunch the night before.
  • Clean out your purse/bag.

Want to find more tranquility?

  • Accept whatever is happening this moment.
  • Observe your thoughts.
  • Love and appreciate yourself.
  • Practice stillness.
  • Share your light.

You can do anything for 5 minutes! It doesn’t have to be drastic or overwhelming. Don’t judge or criticize yourself. Just spend 5 minutes moving in the direction of your change. Then reward yourself when you’re done.

Hold a clear image of successfully making a positive change and that change will become fact. Simple as it may seem, with a 5 minute mindset, you can change your world!

What positive change do you want to practice for 5 minutes?


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