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The Currency of Success is Small Change

Updated: Oct 12, 2022

If you've come across the concept of 'kaizen' then you'll know that making lots of small changes can help you to build towards big goals. It's very hard to encourage yourself to take on some huge new project when you're already struggling to juggle all the balls you have in the air. Making small changes will be much more likely to be successful than trying to make one huge one.

But now you have a new problem: where do you start?

Say your goal is to be richer, or happier, or fitter, and your aim is to make tiny changes that will help you to achieve that. Where do you begin? It's going to be a long, slow process, so where is it best to direct your energy at this point?

Well, often it makes sense to think in terms of currency. And when it comes to your personal goals, your currency is: time, energy and money.

The Currency of Success

With time, energy and money, everything becomes suddenly more achievable. To workout you need time but you also need energy at the end of the day or first thing in the morning. To eat well you need money and the time to cook. To work on a side business, you need time and maybe money so that you can invest. To take up a new hobby you'll need all three. And relationships thrive when you have those things too.

A great place to start with kaizen no matter what your personal goals are, is to increase your time, your energy and your money.

What small changes can you possibly make to do those things? There are tons:

· Giving up one of your two coffees a day to save money

· Turning down the heating one degree to save on the heating bill

· Going to bed 10 minutes earlier to get more energy

· Removing the sugar from your tea to stop the energy yo-yo

· Buying yourself a steamer to save yourself 15 minutes ironing

And if you put on your thinking cap, you're bound to think of loads more...

Start With Subtraction Not Addition

The great thing with kaizen is that change is exponential. Successfully change one aspect of your life and others will naturally follow. And over time, the new changes will become second nature. Your main directive at this point should simply be to successfully make change. Even if it's minuscule.

This means starting with what's easiest; and that in turn means starting with goals that are subtractive rather than additive. What's this mean? It means that it's easier to do one thing less than it is to do one thing extra, to free up time for the big goal you have in mind.

And the best way to get clear on the changes you want to make? Write them down!

Journal Question for You:

What 10 tiny changes could you make to help you increase either your time, money or energy?

Write them down and begin implementing them immediately. Put up reminders around your home to help you keep on track, until these tiny changes become automatic habits. Give yourself a goal of 30 days of sticking to the changes to enable them to become second nature. And once they do, you’re ready to start on the next 10 small changes, and so on.

Eventually, you’ll find you really do have the mental, physical and financial resources to concentrate on those big goals!

Let me know how you get on with these techniques, I'd love to hear from you. And if there's a particular issue or subject that you'd like me to answer in a blog, please drop me a line!

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