A couple of weeks ago, I spent two days with a group of my peers at work on a “leadership retreat.” I’ve taken leadership trainings before, but this one was different. It wasn’t about using worksheets to plan conversations with people you manage or anything like that. It really was focused on making changes and thinking differently.
Our COO spent much of the two days with us which made a big difference in how seriously we all took this retreat. One of the things he said was the quote above, “Big changes happen in little moments.” It resonated with many of us. How many times do you just give up because it feels like too big of a deal? What if the moments you are thinking matter the most aren’t really the ones that do? What if it’s the smaller meetings where you need to model new behavior that add up to make a real difference? I love the idea that it isn’t necessarily the “big” meetings that matter, but the smaller things you can do every day that matter.
While the quote was focused on behavior at work, it has applications outside of work too. Instead of focusing on making big changes every once in awhile, what if you made tiny realistic changes? For me right now in my personal life, it’s adding a green smoothie to my diet and not eating french fries (for October at least!). I’d like to eat healthier than I do, but it isn’t realistic to completely change my diet all at once. That would last a week tops. Because theses are small changes, I can actually keep up with them and not feel overwhelmed.
Are there changes you want to make in your life? What little moments might make the difference?