Do you remember that old question: “How do you eat an elephant?” Answer: “One bite at a time.”
Well, I have been thinking about that lately. The start of a New Year is when many people make resolutions to do better, do differently, do less, do more, etc. The problem with resolutions is that they often get broken and quickly. Thus, there has been a growing movement to encourage people to change one thing at a time in incremental steps toward a bigger goal.
One of my favorite business books is SWITCH by Dan and Chip Heath. It is an easy and fun read, so consider this encouragement to check it out. In the book, the brothers share their perspective on change and the difference between forcing it and creating an environment that encourages it. Similar to the one-bite-at-a-time philosophy, they argue for making it less about mustering your willpower to end something negative and more about seeking the path toward something positive.
At Family Scholar House, we regularly talk to people who want to make big changes in their lives and they want to do so as quickly as possible; but, the reality is that incremental steps toward big goals is their best chance to succeed. They can start at the community college level, work with an FSH advisor to identify educational and career goals, participate in mentoring activities, learn more about money management and how to plan for future needs, get involved with their child’s school and education, set family goals, etc. This is how our most successful participants become college graduates, career professionals and contributing members of our community. One bite at a time.
We would like to hear from you. What are the one-bite-at-a-time changes that you want to make in your life in 2016? And, are there any that we can do together?
Here is one opportunity: Family Scholar House began incorporating organized mindfulness activities into our daily lives and work with families last year. This year, we are taking another bite and we would welcome you to join us as we make calming bottles, host yoga seminars and learn to relax with breathing techniques. If you want to participate or help with any of our mindfulness activities, please contact Kristie Adams at (502) 813-3089 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love for you to be part of our FSH family for these activities and others that you might suggest.