Fridays are for Readers: Small Change*

*It’s the LITTLE Things in Life that Make a BIG Difference! – by Susan & Larry Terkel.

How many times have you longed to completely change your life? The starting of a new year and the end of your summer holidays certainly are two delicate periods in which at least once we have imagined that. We are no different than you, and the approaching end of the summer plus the coming back to our daily routines have caused more than one or two thoughts.

We admit we are not great fans of self-improvement-evolve-and-enpower-you-life manuals. So we approached this book with some diffidence and prejudices. Than we read it and our opinion did not change that much – we still continue to be sceptical about this kind of books – but nonetheless we found some interesting suggestions to really change your life (and we are now trying to follow these suggestions, so we will prove them right… or wrong!).

Its theory is simply based on the Japanese principle of kaizen (durable change), according to which a small step everyday can lead to a great transformation. Here its three main principles:

  1. Small changes are much easier to undertake.
  2. Small changes will add up benefits on the long run.
  3. Small changes better adapt to human and nature evolution.

Let’s think about it for a moment.  How many times have we said: “ok, from tomorrow on I will loose weight/find a new job/make new friends/dedicate more time to my passions/etc. etc.” The enthusiasm of the first days then simply fades aways and we fall back to our boring routine until the next explosion.

But what if we make a list of all the things we would like to change, prioritise them and choose those that are really important for us, and dedicate 15 minutes every single day to change those things? It takes more or less 21 days for something to become a habit. 15 minutes a day are not that much. Then they could become half an hour, then an hour, two, three…

Does it really work? We don’t have the answer, but it’s worth a try. It doesn’t cost anything but good will. If you succeed, let us know! 🙂

Happy weekend!

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