Years ago I heard a story about a little girl and her mother walking along a beach one day when they came upon thousands of star fish stranded on the beach, dying. The little girl immediately began picking them up and throwing them back in the ocean.
The mother said to the little girl,”You can’t possibly save them all.”
The little girl stopped for a moment and as she threw another starfish into to the sea said, ”It made a difference to that one.”
I went on the internet to see if I could find the author and instead I found numerous versions. I particularly liked the version in which other people joined in and they saved all the star fish.
What changes would you like to make in your life?
Change can be relatively easy, if we are willing to do one small thing at a time. The little girl in the story could have been so overwhelmed she did nothing. Instead she chose to throw one star fish back in the ocean knowing she was making a difference to that particular star fish.
Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most
Here are a few steps you can use to change anything.
- This one seems obvious but define what you want to change. What is your desired result and how will you know you have achieved it.
- Briefly create an overall plan, a map of how to get from where you are to where you want to be.
- Next, focus on one small action can you take right now with the emphasis on small, doable and right now.
- Give yourself a bit of praise for having accomplished that task.
- Each day take a small, measurable step toward you desired result.
- Keep repeating the process until you arrive in the station called success.
- Then really celebrate when you get there.
A few observations about change.
- Avoid moving the goal post just before you get there. I always think of Lucy, Charlie Brown and the football. She always promises she’ll hold the ball, she always moves it and Charlie Brown finds himself laying on his back one more time.
- Stay the course. Over the years I have seen so many people quit just before the miracle was about to occur. (The universe does conspire to fill in the blanks so you can be happy)
- Enjoy the process, once you get the hang of letting go and letting yourself fly it is really a lot of fun.
Love to hear about the changes you’d like to make and a bit about your plan or your struggles to come up with one or anything else you’d like to share!
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