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Last week, I was working with a corporate team on some... shall we call them... dynamics. They are committed to working differently and brought me in to facilitate a process to help them communicate better and create a happier workplace. The question becomes, how do you get from point A to point B when you are trying to make a change?
Many times, you try to change cold turkey. Think New Year's Resolution. Think Big Change. Think get what you want right now, this minute. Think jump straight from point A to point B. That sounds like this:
"Now I'm going to the gym every day."
"Our workplace will be happier starting today."
"I am going to change my attitude about that colleague I don't like."
The sad truth is, how many of those Big Changes stick over time, and how often do you find yourself a year later in the same situation (or worse)?
Here's what I told the team last week. Big Change happens because you commit to making a thousand Small Changes every single day. Here's a list to get you started:
- Greet your colleagues cheerfully when you arrive in the morning rather than running for your email.
- Eat lunch with the colleague who bugs you and commit to learning one new thing about them.
- Express appreciation openly and consciously three times a day.
- If you need to vent, take it outside the office.
- Give your colleagues the benefit of the doubt and instead of getting annoyed, get curious about what is happening for them.
To the cruise ship photo above: If you turn a huge ship one degree, it will end up in a completely different country. That is the power of small changes. When added up over the course of a year, you will have created the Big Change you wanted.
Every little thing you do matters.
With rebel love,
P.S. Every little thing you do really does matter. What will you choose right now?
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