Getting going with change

In a recent post I wrote about needing to get uncomfortable for a bit in order to make the change you want to make. If you missed it, you can read it here http://www.dieterhachenberg.com/are-you-sitting-comfortably/

But even if you want to make the change and you are ok with the idea of being a bit uncomfortable for a while until that change becomes the norm again for you, it can still be tricky to get going. You can still be rooted to the spot and not able to start to shift yourself.

Our resistance to change can be so strong and the task ahead can appear overwhelming.

So here is what I know – you don’t have to do it all at once. As the saying goes “Rome wasn’t built in a day”.

Now some people will be really great at building their “Rome” quickly. Other people might well take a bit longer to finish the task.

However one thing they have in common is they can both break it down into just the very first step of the journey. That first step can be as big or small as you need it to be but what is important is that it is a step towards making the change that you want. Your “Rome”. And that first step will be much more achievable and less overwhelming than the whole change – or “Rome”!

And if that first step still seems too big to take, ask yourself, is there a smaller step I can take, to get me going? Can I break it down even more to start making some headway. Because it doesn’t matter how small the steps are, what matters is that you are taking them.

As you start to move forward the success of the steps you have taken will give you more confidence to carry on.

So let me invite you to think about your change, your challenge, your “Rome”. If it seems overwhelming or if you feel fearful of making the change, just look at the first step. And focus on that. Don’t allow yourself to be sucked into the worry of the big goal/change. Just focus on the step in front of you.

And then the next one. And the next one.

What is that I see ahead? Rome?