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Focus on Small Steps

intention & imagination Dec 05, 2022

Often when we think about living our dreams or achieving our goals we think Big Daring Risks and Leaps of Faith! But science shows us that we are much more likely to achieve what we want through small steps. Yes! Just like Bob in ‘What About Bob!’ [Watch Fun 4-minute Video Here]

Focusing on Small Steps, rather than big leaps or quick changes is the heart of the ancient Japanese philosophy of Kaizen.[1] 

The Kaizen philosophy is simple: Great change is made through small steps. 

And the science is irrefutable: Small steps circumvent the brain's built-in resistance to new behavior.[2] 

No matter what the goal—losing weight, quitting smoking, writing a novel, starting an exercise program, or meeting the love of your life—the powerful technique of focusing on small steps is the way to achieve it, according to Psychologist and kaizen expert Dr. Robert Maurer.

Dr. Maurer shares that focusing on small steps every day: “is the way to change your life without fear, without failure, and start on a new path of easy, continuous improvement.”

In today’s Step-by-Step Guide we’re going to explore how we can focus on small steps, and resist the temptation to only focus on big drastic changes, or procrastinate and do nothing!

STEP-BY-STEP • Reframing A Goal with Small Steps 

You will need: • Pen and paper

  • Maybe a notebook or journal
  1. First choose a dream or goal. It can be any size. From creating a business to drinking 8 glasses of water a day. Got it?! Great! Write it down.

  2. Next, you’re just going to think of the smallest steps you can think of, to support this dream or goal. Write them down. And yes! They MUST be small.

For example:
Small Steps for saving money: Set yourself the goal of saving just one dollar per day.
Small Steps for asking for a raise: Start a list of reasons you deserve more money for your work. Every day, add one item to the list.
Small Steps for exercise more: Put on exercise clothes.
Small Steps for launching a new product: Spend 1 minute thinking about it.
Small Steps for drinking 8 glasses of water a day: Put a glass for water by the fridge.

  1. Next step is to practice small steps! It can actually take some discipline to train yourself to think in smaller steps. We actually prefer the FEELING of THINKING about big steps. But in reality we are less likely to achieve our goal with BIG steps! So each day...what’s just one small step towards your dream or goal!? The more you do this, the easier and more fluid it will become!
  2. Pro Tip 🏆 Track your small steps in a journal! Consider that this awareness will support you in moving consistently and incrementally towards your dream!

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CREDIT • Acknowledgements

Strategy by Zoë Lumiere
Step-by-Step Guide by Zoë Lumiere
Inspiration [1] from the Kaizen Institute
Inspiration [2] from Dr. Robert Maurer
Quote by Lao Tzu

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