Monday, December 18, 2006

The One Thing

Often we get bogged down in various aspects of life. The surprising part is there is often one thing that will turn things completely around and get us moving forward again. The one things would be a simple change of diet or exercise. It could be asking for a raise or changing jobs completely. The one thing is as varied as life, but often as they say, "One thing leads to another".

"One thing leads to another" is usually thought of in respect to a negative happening. But when you are looking for change in your life, "The One Thing" often leads to another thing that compounds the first. Maybe you need lose a little weight and as you start dieting, it occurs to you that some exercise would speed up the process. "One thing leads to another".

What is your one thing? What could you do today to make a change in your life or your circumstance? It is often a little things done over and over that create major changes.

Have you heard of the "Butterfly Effect"? Here is a quote from Wikipedia
The phrase refers to the idea that a butterfly's wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that ultimately cause a tornado to appear (or, for that matter, prevent a tornado from appearing). The flapping wing represents a small change in the initial condition of the system, which causes a chain of events leading to large-scale phenomena. Had the butterfly not flapped its wings, the trajectory of the system might have been vastly different.

That small flap of the butterflies wing could change weather patterns across the globe. An interesting thought. Now apply that to your situation. You do not have to have a problem to think about this. A small change in a successful organization could increase membership. A small change in your savings habits could make your vacation next year a trip to Hawaii instead of Grandma's house again.

If you are like Sharon and I and do have a problem, small changes on a regular basis over a period of time could move you slow forward at first and then like the compound of those flapping wings, create major changes in the future. You know our problem, making a living and getting out of this warehouse.

We are making small changes and attempting to come up with new answers. One change we have made is spending two hours a day in the warehouse just organizing it. This makes it easier to see what we have and how to get rid of it. It also clears our minds a little. It is good to see open space and neat piles where there was clutter in the past.


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