Go SMALL or go home?

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When I’m feeling stuck, bored, or in need of new energy, I gravitate towards big, epic, sweeping changes. Cutting off 12 inches of hair, rearranging every room in my house, purging my entire closet, or even walking away from something I’ve loved and dedicated myself to for years.

And that approach has served me well.

It has created massive shifts in my life and openings for new things to come my way.

But, lately, another way has been presenting itself. It’s been coming up in posts online, in course materials that I’ve been working my way through, and even in books that I’ve been reading. It’s come up so much that I’ve started to take notice.

The new way? Incremental changes that slowly chip away at a goal, vision, or ideal.

It’s slower. More gradual. And anything but sweeping or drastic.

And it has me thinking.

What if change doesn’t actually require a big overhaul? What if hitting big, lofty goals isn’t a race to the finish line, but instead a slow and steady progression upward? And, what if change isn’t overwhelming at all, because it is slow and comfortable the entire way through?

The timing feels right to delve into this new approach, particularly as I stand on the other side of a big sweeping change. I am allowing myself to pause; to soak in the beauty of this unknown territory and simply put one foot in front of the other.

I look forward to seeing where this path leads.

In the meantime, I’m making sure to stay present so I can enjoy the beauty along the way.

What about you? Where in your life would you benefit from the slow and steady approach to change? Where do you need a bit more gusto and fire?

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Emily Levenson is a meditation encourager, mama, and Pittsburgh enthusiast. She recently launched a podcast called Nourish + Flourish and is a co-pilot at Propelle.

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