Our recent warm weather makes us celebrate spring. And, spring is a sign for many people to step out of their rut and regain their mojo. Many people feel they need a complete overhaul to become happier. This feeling of having to change too much too soon is quite daunting and sadly many give up without initiating any positive change for very long.
Let me introduce you to the ‘Butterfly Effect’. “The phrase refers to the idea that a butterfly’s wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that may ultimately alter the path of a tornado or delay, accelerate or even prevent the occurrence of a tornado in another location.
The notion being that a small change in one area of our life could have a domino effect and impact for the better changes in other areas of our lives.” ( Wikipedia / Edward Lorenz).
For instance, if you commit to becoming healthier and decide to go to the gym two mornings a week, then that one commitment will impact other areas of your life. Going to the gym could mean that you will begin to feel stronger, which usually makes one want to eat healthy. The gym commitment could help you set a better bedtime routine that could make you sleep soundly, wake earlier, feel more alert and work more productively.
As this happens then you will feel more confident, dress more stylishly, socialize more and thoroughly enjoy life as you smile more throughout your day. Even though you are in the process of achieving your longer term goal, the one small change has activated so many other positive changes that you have found your mojo while moving fully toward your desired goal.
Once we decide to make a change for the better (whether in the area of health, fitness, career, relationship etc.) then it is important to commit to the process of change by first identifying the initial small steps toward the desired goal.
So yes, this is the time to commit to positive changes in your life. We can never stop evolving. If your change seems too big, just know that activating the smallest step towards your greater change will have a domino effect. It is a system’s approach; one change in the system will activate other positive changes at almost the same time.
And you thought that a butterfly was just a pretty little thing. Enjoy your day.
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol
Photo courtesy: Paul Horner