Hi all! I hope you're having a good week. Jim came home again yesterday with some extra money. He's made a practice for years now of looking for small change wherever he goes. A penny here, a quarter there. And now that he's in the vending business, he finds even more. Coin jams, money left in the coin return or on top of the machines--it's all his as long as he checks in to make sure no customer has put in a request for a return at the office. He puts all found money in a vacation fund--at times it tops $1000 or more in a year. All from loose change! It all adds up, folks.
The same goes for small changes in other areas of our lives. You may think that losing a pound a week is nothing; you want to lose weight faster so you try drastic measures, only to gain some or all of it back. Slow weight loss is the best. It may be only a pound per week, but that adds up to a whopping 52 pounds per year! Or, you may be smothering in your cluttered house. Every time you walk through the door, you feel overwhelmed with the mess. Make a commitment to clean out one drawer; just one drawer. See how that lightens the weight on your shoulders. It feels so good! I know because I did that very thing over Memorial Day weekend. The office is a mess, so I started with one drawer and it boosted my mood so much! Try it and see what happens. I tell ya, you'll feel great. Then build on that momentum and before long you'll have your whole house looking awesome.
Make the process of change fun. Make looking for small change of any kind, whether monetary or otherwise, an adventure. If you're trying to lose weight, put together an energetic cardio playlist or ask an upbeat friend to work out with you. If you're cleaning out your house, crank up the music and sing and dance your way through the mountains of papers, junk mail, food, boxes, toys, clothes, magazines, and books that litter your living space.
Whatever the changes are that you want to make, remember to take baby steps. Don't expect the change to happen overnight. It takes time and commitment. Small, sustainable change can mean a big pay off over time.
What small changes have you made in your life that paid off mightily in the end? Please share your story here in the comments, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!