Sam Radford

March 10, 2022

One degree of realignment

When we decide we want to change, it’s easy in our initial enthusiasm to go all in, do a complete about turn, and go full steam ahead in a new direction. 

This can work in some scenarios, but not all.

If we want to get fitter after doing no exercise for a long time, going straight on a 10 mile run isn’t the way to go. 

Small steps and gradual progress is what will lead to lasting change. 

Dramatic changes all too often come crashing to a halt.

If you want to get fitter, or eat healthier, or read more, or invest in a hobby, don’t go big!

Start with one meal a week that is healthier.

Go for one manageable run a week.

Set aside 15 minutes to read a few times a week.

Let that small change get embedded. Then maybe add another healthy meal. One extra run. A longer reading slot.

Keep making one degree turns towards the direction you want to head in. Before you know it, you’ll have achieved the dramatic change you wanted but in a manner that will last.


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About Sam Radford

Husband, father, lover of books, writer, tech geek, sports fan, and pragmatic idealist from Sheffield, England.