What do habits and chia seeds have in common? They are both small but make a huge impact. I often tell my clients to take small steps when making habit changes. As human beings, we will overestimate how much change we can handle. I compare this to a chia seed because it only takes a small amount to make a huge impact on your health.
If you have ever made chia seed pudding you will understand that it doesn’t take very many chia seeds to create the “pudding” consistency. If you haven’t made chia seed pudding this is what happens. It takes 2 tablespoons of chia seeds to 1 cup of liquid (usually milk or almond milk) to create the pudding consistency. You see chia seeds have the ability to soak up the liquid and create a gel-like texture that is solid. Even to the point of being able to replace eggs in cooking with chia seed gel.
If you use too many chia seeds (I have done this), you end up with more of a concrete consistency which is far from pudding. Isn’t funny how when we do too much, too soon, and expect success it creates just the opposite? I find this to be true with creating new habits also. Slow and steady wins the race. Think small (chia seeds) and slow (turtle). That is how habit changes become lasting changes.
My favorite quote, “Small steps, get huge results.”
I remind myself of this when I feel like I’m not making progress as quickly as I would like.
I tell you this because when you make a habit change all you need to do is make a small change and the outcome will look very different from what you start with. In a few other blog posts, I talk about water and how you gain energy from water among other great health benefits. The reason I bring this up is, I have clients who tell me they can’t believe how much better they feel just by drinking more water. It helps them concentrate, they have more energy, and ultimately get more work done. So a small change to drinking more water created a ripple effect in their life to better outcomes.
I recently go this message from one of my clients with what seems like small steps but has made a huge impact in her life. “I wanted to let you know even though we aren’t having our weekly phone calls, you have made a difference in my life. Are you ready for it… I don’t know when the last time was that I drank Diet Coke. Even when I go out to eat I don’t even have the desire to order one. It’s amazing to me that after drinking it for so long, I don’t desire it anymore. I love that I just want to drink water now!” – K
If you are feeling like you should start making changes in your life but don’t know where to start. I encourage you to take my free Habit Change Coaching Quiz. This will give you an idea if habit change coaching is right for you. No matter what, if you are taking small steps to improve yourself you are moving forward. It takes time but you will get there. If you know you would like to move forward, I offer a free 30 minute phone/video chat where we can discuss what changes you would like to make. I would love to chat with you!