It’s the small but important moments that make all the difference. Margaret Lindsey’s poem, The Little Things, shares this concept in eloquent and poignant simplicity:

The little things are most worthwhile–
A quiet word, a look, a smile,
A listening ear that’s quick to share
Another’s thoughts, another’s care…
Though sometimes they may seem quite small,
These little things mean most of all.

The flow and ease of this poem exemplify the importance of being present and kind. It’s this ode to appreciation that fosters living the attitude of gratitude and showing your appreciation to others. It’s these mini pleasures and delights that bring contentment, joy, and allow us to smile a bit brighter and energize a room. Rest, stillness, and reflection all play a part in recognizing and being grateful for areas in our lives we may take for granted.

Equally important is taking the tiny steps needed to start your transformation.

It’s difficult to remain focused on the present when you’re thinking big and future-oriented. As a planner, I’ve found this quite difficult as well. However, I’ve learned that if you just start and let go, things will begin to flow if you’re dedicated and determined. Patience is key, which is hard to maintain in a world that’s all about making things happen NOW.

These days where “super-size me” is paramount, I challenge you to try something different.

Instead of tackling everything at the beginning of a New Year or new month, start small, and tackle one thing at a time. Change Studies for organizational transformations talk about 5-7 years to institute true change, and Yogi Bhajan also spoke about this for individual transformation. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t have an overall vision or goal. Having one helps you focus and stay centered, but you don’t need to be totally outcome-driven. Check out these five tips to get you started on your change journey.

If you’re still not convinced and need more inspiration to start changing your thinking, spend some time reading the sages.

Some of my favorites include Tao Te Ching’s popular adage, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” and Johann von Goethe’s axiom, “Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success.”

Use this tool to help you clear out your brain clutter and start fresh, allowing all that’s needed to enter in this present moment, and move you forward to accomplish many great things.

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