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How Do You Create Momentum When Making a Change?

So you’re committed to making a change, now what?

You want and need to take actions that help you move forward in creating and accomplishing the change. Many people get stopped when they want to make a change, because they’re looking at the whole picture.

When you focus on the whole picture or mountain you want to climb, it can seem impossible, daunting and intimidating. You don’t know where to start because it’s too big. Many people stop and start again and again and make little if any headway.

Instead of focusing on the big picture, like a puzzle, it’s better to open the box that has 5,000 puzzle pieces and put it together piece by piece.

 

As I mentioned in today’s video, you want to break a task down into a series of what SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) calls micro-movements. Micro-movements help you end the start-stop cycle by doing one small task that takes 5 minutes or less, and another micro task, and another, and you end up starting to build momentum. Once you have momentum, it’s much easier to keep moving forward.

I find it best initially to support folks in creating micro-movements for there are a number of steps, though the following tips can help you get started.

1. Think small. I mean tiny actions here. Find the number to call someone, make an appointment, fill your gym bag with workout clothes, put your gym bag by the door, put your journal on your nightstand.

2. Create a system that works for you. I like to use markers and trace a plate to make a wheel. I use markers or colored pens and divide the wheel into spokes. Then, I use small Post-It notes with the micro-tasks for my project. In the center of the wheel, I give my project a fun, creative name that gets me jazzed and excited to want to engage with it.

3. Fit doing micro-movements into your day. I hang or post my micro-movement wheels (I usually have anywhere from 2-4 that I’m playing with at a time. Due to my move, I have one for moving me to Spokane (medical records, insurance info, etc.) another for Larry Shiva (medical records, prescriptions, car rides) yet another to move my household. I glance at them each morning and see what’s one micro-movement I can do that day when I have a few minutes. That way I’m making progress everyday and can remove the Post-It until that wheel is finished or add the next tasks on the list.

4. Let it be fun or for those who know me… Funners! It’s important to name the micro-movements in a fun, clever, creative, magical way so you feel inspired, excited, motivated and thrilled to do them. It’s not like making a “To Do” list of jobs you need to get done. Micro-movements are about having fun so you want to do them. In fact, you can’t wait! Example – the task is to take Larry Shiva to the vet to get microchipped. He’s a cat. So going to the vet isn’t his/my favorite thing. So, I called it, Larry Shiva gets his Magic Chip. That sounded like a lot more fun to me and because I was calm and relaxed, it was easy to get him into his carrier and take him to the vet.

Hope you have fun creating micro-movement wheels. Love to see what one of your’s looks like! So please send me a photo of it.

If you are feeling challenged in trying to make your micro-movement wheel, imagine getting support with this so you can move forward. One micro – mini- or baby step at a time. So, instead of feeling overwhelmed, daunted or stuck, you actually come up with a plan and see yourself moving forward with ease and grace.

It all starts with having a clear plan and the support you need. I am here for you, but my calendar fills quickly, so email me at catherine@guidechange.com now to schedule your FREE Joyful Change Success Call this week – – so you are totally prepared for joy, peace, abundance and success in 2018!

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