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How to have an effortless breakthrough by small, regular steps – a little, step-by step guide


Here is how small changes, repeated over a period of time, can lead to a breakthrough.

Have you ever wanted to make a change but didn’t know where to start? Is there something you have promised yourself to do but didn’t do it because the process seemed daunting? Here are a few simple ways to help you stay on track by making some almost unnoticeable steps in your schedule that will lead you in the right direction.

It all begins with one single step. Whether you shop for groceries or want to enroll on a three-year course, it begins with one step. The sparkle – the decision – then one step. Or, if you want to make a significant change in your habits – let’s say, be on time to your appointments, finally, even one simple step of going out five minutes earlier than usual, would help.

Every bit helps. Same with your savings – instead of buying something now and stretching your budget, if you just refrained from that one thing you eat out normally, just once a week, and instead prepared yourself a sandwich before you went out, with time you might save enough to get this thing without much effort. With time.

It’s all about progress made in time. Small progress. Because if you want something different, even a little change in your habits is better than no change, right? If you don’t take the steps, things will probably not go into the direction you want. And if you do, you may effortlessly find yourself in the right place.

I’ve found a lot of these kinds of advice in a book called One Small Step Can Change Your Life. The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer, Ph. D. It explains them in an encouraging way:

Kaizen and innovation are the two major strategies people use to create change. Where innovation demands shocking and radical reform, all kaizen asks is that you take small, comfortable steps toward improvement.

The same applies to getting fit, upgrading your skills, meeting new people, becoming less shy, learning a new language, stepping out of your comfort zone, quitting smoking, finding a job… The areas where you can use that approach are endless. You can probably come up with ten more things you would like to change a little bit. One at a time. If you like, please share them with me.

After all, our ordinary days consist of many little things that we do, which in time sum up into a whole of our experiences that is bigger than the sum of its parts. Even Einstein said that his talent was to be curious enough to check various possibilities and not giving up. And if the world is a matter of vibration, and we are too, why not raise it just a tiny bit and step by step become what we would truly love to be?

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.

- Galileo

Small things matter.


And to end, this quote:

If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.

Gail Sheehy


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5 Things You Can Learn From Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump was a classic. A great movie. A great book first, by Winston Groom. It’s been such a cultural icon that I don’t even know where to start. The truth is, this story continues to inspire me whenever it comes back to me. Such a motivator. Even when I have a difficult day or something unpleasant happens, just a picture or a melody of the Forrest Gump Suite always soothes me. It gives some hope and puts a smile on my face, even just a small one.

Here’s what you can gain from this story (either you read it or watch it):

1. No matter the beginning, the ending is what counts. Wherever you begin, whatever your baggage is, you can live a remarkable life. You never know, what’s gonna happen tomorrow, your life can change in a day…

2. Your IQ has nothing to do with your wisdom. These are two separate things. In a similar way that broad knowledge does not automatically make you wise. Only if you use it wisely. As Forrest said,

Stupid is as stupid does.

3. Life is a box… Oh yeah. I had to include that one. You probably know it well already, nevertheless it’s still working and simplistically philosophical. So, I am going to quote it here:

Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.

If we truly lived that way, instead of worrying too much and craving too much, we would be much happier. If we don’t know, what’s to worry about? You get what you get.

4. Sometimes true love is what remains after all your desires are gone… Sometimes it is closer than you think

5. Just a quote:

I’m not a smart man. But I know what love is.

6. If there’s anything stressful in your life, take this one simple advice:

Run, Forrest, Run!!!!

Running can lower your blood pressure. You will breathe more powerfully, bringing more oxygen to your tissues; it can prevent a heart attack. It can do many more good things for you. And take you out of your daily issues and stresses. Not enough benefits? Listen to this:

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Happy listening/reading/watching again and again… and again…