52 Tiny Changes Archive

Change is so huge, so big, so time-consuming. It is much easier to keep the status quo.

Does it have to be that way? How about if we change just a little at a time? We are not remaking your whole life at once. If you do one tiny change a week, by the end of the year you will have a better, more vibrant life. Another positive is with small changes, you have a much better chance at keeping your new habits.

For a free list of the 52 tiny changes, send an e-mail to dargis@chartermi.net with 52 changes in the subject line. Or come here each week for a new change and some steps to help you along the way.

Tiny Change #15: Visualize the day you want to have while taking your morning shower

I had read all about visualizing the future-picturing what you wanted to happen, how you wanted to act and seeing yourself making your dreams come true. But, I didn't know when I was going to practice visualization.

That's when I thought about the shower. It's usually early in the day or right before bed-great times to do internal things. Most of us can shower in our sleep and it doesn't take much concentration. We can use that brain power to see in our mind, the day we want to have.

Begin with picturing the attitude you want to have today. Are you smiling? Picture a smooth morning routine and ways to combat situations that put you off track. See a healthy you, well-groomed and out the door. Picture a calm commute to work or taking the kids to school. Even if there is traffic you left in plenty of time and are listening to your favorite music in the car.

Now go through the rest of the day. Do you have a tough meeting you need to handle? Visualize yourself being assertive, yet likable and getting what you need. Visualize how you want some difficult projects to go, what you will say to that person you need to talk to, or how you will control your online time. See yourself being gentle and affirming with your kids. Picture a clean house and a happy chore team.

See yourself float through the evening hour, handling everything that comes up. Visualize something to look forward to this evening. And finally settling down for a good night's sleep.

Now, visualization isn't a genie in the bottle type thing. You don't visualize and wham everything turns out just like you saw. But, seeing a picture in your head will help you and your brain become more attuned with how you would like things to be. And your brain tries to work out ways to make it happen.

For more visualization resources for you:

Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain The classic book on visualization

Soulful Living Articles on visualization

Creative Visualization As a source of strength

Making Creative Visualization a Part of Your Life excerpt from Shaki Gawain's book

Creative Visualization When You Don't Have the Time More ideas on fitting in visualization

What do you want today to look like?

52 Tiny Changes Archive


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