Big change equals big difference. That makes sense. And that’s great, if you can start something big and sustain it. But if you’re struggling with a habit, or you need to change something about any area of your life, you can start small. ‘Little’ can be your friend. Sometimes, little can equal big. Little things can make a big difference. I’m getting to understand and absorb this lesson now.
Let me explain with a quick story about my on and off war on zits. I’ve dealt with zits for years, and as you can imagine, I have spent a lot of time, money and energy on getting them off permanently.
So, I was online the other day and I read that to get the most of out of facial beauty products, you need to wash your face for at least 60 seconds. Before then, my usual routine would be to wash/scrub/cleanse my face with whatever soap/scrub/cleanser or other product in a hurry. It was when I read about the 60-second rule that I realised how little time I spent on my face. To be honest, I actually spent more time worrying and complaining about the zits than I spent doing something effective about it.
So, I decided to apply that small, simple change and whoa! Big difference.
Sometimes, all we need is a small change that we can stick to.
Are you trying to form a new habit? You may not necessarily need to do a lot. Just effect one small change and it can make a huge difference. On its own, the process of change can be overwhelming, and when it becomes too much, you could be tempted to drop it altogether. It’s better to change a small thing at a time. Then, the stronger you become at the small thing, the more you can do. The little things add up.
If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. – Luke 16:10 (New Living Translation)