Today I woke up an hour earlier than I usually do. That was a small change.
After I woke up I put on shorts and a t-shirt and grabbed my running shoes that I've only worn once. Then I put them on and laced them up. That was also a small change.
Then I proceeded out the door and went for a run. Yet another small change.
After that I made a fruit based breakfast instead of my regular toast and PB&J combination. Yet another small change.
I ended up getting to work 45 minutes earlier than I usually do, and was able to spend an extended time reading, reflecting, and planning for the day. Also another small change.
The result? All these small changes—starting with the one small change of waking up early—stacked up to make one big change in my day.
I went through the day feeling more focused, less tired, and far more at ease as I negotiated a busy schedule.
I think we get it backwards when we think about change: it isn't big change required to produce the smaller change; it's the small change required to produce the bigger change.
One step at a time. The micro affects the macro.
What small changes do you need to make in your life to produce the big change?