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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

Making change is not simple, but simple change making is easier to effect.

Often our goals are big, with high expectations, audacious visions, but that can be overwhelming. It’s hard to know how or where to start.

The world is in constant change. You are constantly changing. Yet we’re not necessarily aware of this change as it happens, only later did we see it. Most often change is small, it’s constant or happens in small incremental steps. That’s the key. It is rare for change to happen in giant leaps. More often it’s a long journey, reached one step at a time, one foot in front of the other, step step step. Majestic cathedrals are built one block at a time. Step step step.

How might you make it easier to make the change you’ve hesitated to up until now?

First you must be clear on the change you’re trying to make.

Then, take your first step. What is the smallest effective step you can take?

Keep in mind, complex change doesn’t always require complex action. There may be simple or economical solutions available. Go with the simple solution, even if it seems too obvious, too simplistic, too lightweight. The simple change, is the best change to make, it is the one you’re most likely to start. Then keep taking steps.

Remember, not all steps will take you forward, but all steps will move you towards the change you seek.

Want to know more about the author? I’m Michael, co-founder of Redshift Architecture & Art, and founder & coach at Ed Shift, where this article was first published.

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