Just one small change can have a huge impact – but not all small changes make a big impact. So how do you know which one to make?
When the big impact comes, we don’t always trace it back to that small change. Instead, we attribute it to luck or our natural ability and fail to see the chain of events that led up to it.
Are you someone who’s always open to making small changes or do you tend to see them as not worth the effort, because you can’t see how they could possibly make much difference?
Perhaps you’re of the belief that you should only make one small change at a time, so that you can see what effect that one has before experimenting with something else. Whilst that’s probably true in a scientific or medical treatment context, in the context of you working towards your best version of you, does it really matter which small change had the most impact, as long as you achieve your desired outcome?
For example, if you wanted to become more effective in your business networking, there are a number of small changes you could make. You could make a point of spending a few minutes preparing for the meeting, you could change the style of your networking minute or you could make sure you spoke to at least three new people at each event, and so on.
If any or all of those changes lead to you getting more interest in your business offering, perhaps it doesn’t matter which one worked best.
Sometimes a small change in one direction as a spinoff effect in an entirely different one so always remain open to opportunities.
Small changes can also have an accumulative effect. If you make a change in the way you dress for example, perhaps by wearing a different colour or style, you might start to get positive comments about it. In turn you might decide to make another small change and get your hair restyled and so on, until the way you look has changed significantly, having a positive impact on your confidence.
This in turn might inspire you to do something you previously lacked confidence to do, such as delivering a talk or picking up the phone to a previous customer. It’s these kinds of situation where you might not recognise where the change started, because they’re not obviously related.
So what small changes could you make? Will it be the one that makes a big impact or will it be a single domino knocking into another, which knocks into another?
What is that bigger outcome you want to achieve? Think of all the small actions you could possibly take that might help you achieve it, however whacky or off-piste they may seem. Include them all because you don’t know what the spinoff could be.
Decide on up to three things that you start to do differently. Be consistent, be open and be patient.
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