Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The First Step In Improving Any Situation

"Change may come to you in trinkets and I hope it adorns your life gracefully."  ~Dodinsky

Visualize the ideal state.

I have slowly been making my way through a book about effecting change called "Switch" by Chip Heath and Dan Heath.

One important technique that this book offers in taking a step toward addressing any problem is to ask yourself the question:

"If tomorrow you woke up and your problem was gone...what would that look like?"

Provide a lot of detail as you devise your answer.   How do you feel?  What is the first thing you do to start your day without the problem?  What is the second?  What else is different about this day?  Who do you spend your time with?  Where?

Once you establish this ideal picture of your life, decide how you can make one small change toward achieving it.  Maybe you take the first action that you envisioned above- behave as though you have already reached your desired state.  

Very often it is a small-seemingly insignificant- step that provides the momentum to get you on your way to big change.  

If something is standing in the way of your happiness, this exercise can help you realize it.  Visualize to realize!  All the answers you need to lie within you!

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