That Small Change That Will Make a Difference in Your Life

Small things can make a big difference. This applies to you as well.

When we think about making a positive change in our lives, we imagine that it would take a huge investment of time, effort or money to make it happen. We can be so intimidated that we can’t even begin to bring about a change.

We may only dream, “Maybe next year when I have more time. Maybe someday when I have more will power. Maybe if I win the lottery.”

Every big change begins with small incremental change, but it requires some reflection and intention. The relatively small systematic changes made in the hospitals involved in the IHI’s 100,000 Lives campaign were scientifically based, carefully planned and standardized.

Think about a small systematic change you can begin this week and incorporate into your daily routine. Ask yourself, “What small simple change can I start today that will have a positive impact on my life?”

Consider first the most important areas of your life. Which areas (i.e. work, family, social, recreational, emotional, physical) need some improvement?

If you’re not exercising at all and you would like to start, why not get off the bus a bit further from work or home and start walking an extra 15 minutes each day?

If you or your spouse is feeling neglected, why not set up a weekly date night (with each other not other people). If you are both busy parents and haven’t found any time to check in and talk to one another, schedule regular time as a couple – maybe 15 minutes at the end of each day.

If you wish to eat a healthier diet but you never get around to eating enough fruit, why not pack an apple or pear in your lunch bag each day?

If you recognize that you’ve been more critical and negative about your life and everyone in it, consider beginning each day with positive thoughts – a meditation of appreciation. By reflecting on the good things in your life each morning before you even roll out of bed, you can frame your day in a positive light – even if it is cloudy and overcast outside. For many, this positive outlook can help you see opportunities instead detours throughout the day. You will be primed to see the positive in yourself, your world and others.

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About Davidicus Wong

I am a family physician. I write a weekly newspaper column, Healthwise for the Vancouver Courier, Burnaby Now, Royal City Record and Richmond News.
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