Subtle Change


New year, New me. Many people set new year's resolutions and goals, losing weight, quitting smoking, reading more etc. but yet fail to realize that change does not happen overnight. Change is a long process that will gradually become more and more present.


In order for change to happen, there are criterias that must be thought of and worked by in order for change to occur smoothly:

 


  • The Direction. In every means of change there must be a certain direction or aim in which we are trying to approach. This end goal or aim must be chosen and thought of precisely. For example, one's new year’s resolution can be to lose weight. This goal or direction must include How much weight? In how much time?. These questions must be clear in order for us to understand our goals.

  • The Way.  The way or the method of achieving this goal is just as important as there could be countless methods that could be suitable for a certain goal. For example, considering the example from earlier, losing weight is a goal that can be achieved in many ways, some including; Dieting and all sorts of sports and physical activities. Due to that the method must be specified through, how will I lose weight? And how often? Jogging 3 times a week for an hour is a good example. 

  • Troubleshoot. Troubleshooting is a very important process as it allows us to reflect on our current position compared to the end goal. It puts us and our current situation under an external perspective which allows us to remove things that might be slowing us down, and add or refine our ways to help us become more efficient in approaching our end goals. For example troubleshooting is great when there is an external input from a friend or a family member. In the case of losing weight seeking the help of a professional athlete or a dietician may help in refining our methods.

  • The contingency plan. Many times all the efforts and methods we have planned out for ourselves just don't seem to work or have fallen off the rails causing more backlash and more harm than good. Part of going through the journey is understanding that such drawbacks are normal but without setting any plan B we go back to being how we started. Setting a contingency plan allows us to use all the information we have gathered and change our methods and reflect on our goal as a whole. 

  • The subtle change is a long process which when done correctly can bring about a lot of positive changes, but if we do not pay attention the exact opposite can happen.

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