I came across the Van Gogh quote above recently, and it struck me.
I work with clients to want to create big change in their life. Whether it's in their health & how they eat, in their social life, their career life, starting over in some way, or working to find balance, happiness, & fulfillment in all the areas of their life.
It can feel easy to impulsively want to change everything up overnight - Start a new diet, quit your job, or dive right into whatever you want to change.
While I admire the ambition and energy behind these acts - how often are they sustainable? How often have you started a new diet one fresh morning, and then continued eating healthy the rest of your live long days?!?! How often have you committed to working out 6 days a week starting tomorrow and had it stick? Decided you would keep a clean & organized house from here on out and it magically happened? Decided you're going to act in a self-loving way from now on, and it worked?
Desiring to do things in a different way that increases the quality of your life is a good thing! However, impulsively trying to make these things happen overnight generally is not sustainable. It doesn't stick, and then you once again you find yourself feeling like you've failed and end up having less trust in yourself in the next attempt. It can be a cycle that's not fun to partake in.....even though it starts with the best of intentions.
This is why I'm a BIG fan of BABY steps towards creating the change you want.
Taking some time to really get clear on what you want to change or create and why is important to you is the first step.
Choosing to act on the areas of your life that will make the biggest positive difference for you is essential.
Once you know what you want to change or create, getting clear on the action steps is next. What are the actions you need to take to get there?
If these steps feel too big, break them down into smaller steps. (baby steps) THEN START!
Work on the small things - one at a time, every single day.
When you reach milestones, add more.
When you develop a new habit that becomes natural, add another one to work on.
Rome was not built in a day.
Van Gogh did not create his masterpieces with just a few strokes of the paintbrush.
If you want to REALLY create change in your life in a way that is sustainable and you can carry with you throughout your life, taking one achievable step at a time, and REALLY getting it, learning from it, developing the habit, and then moving on to what is next is key!
This requires patience.
It requires dedication.
It requires wanting what you want, and knowing that you are worth it!
Having support can be a great help in this process as well. If you find yourself feeling like you are running on a wheel, going through the same motions day after day, and your soul is screaming for you to jump out & start doing things differently, I'm here to help! I love drilling down to what's most important for my clients, and witnessing the change produced slowly and surely as they recreate themselves in a way that sticks!
Wishing you an inspired week!