Change is a fascinating thing.
We often *want* to change something like we want to flip a lightswitch. It’s in one direction and we want to flip it the other way.
We’re unrepped and we wanna be repped.
We’re nonunion and we wanna be union.
We’re not in LA and we wanna be in LA.
We’re unhealthy and we wanna be fit.
We’re single and we wanna be coupled.
And so on.
But change — meaningful, lasting change — is much more like a dial being turned up or down on something. Not so much the flip of a switch.
So, we WANT change to be one way… but it’s not that way. Or, at least ENDURING change isn’t often that way.
As I write this, we’re at one of my favorite stops on the way to the new year… 100 days out. Yup. September 23rd marks 100 days left in 2016, and this is a heads up that there could be some really great change made — lasting, enduring, meaningful change — in these last 100 days.
But only if you see it as turning a dial, rather than flipping a switch.
So, I’ll ask you, what dial could you turn over these last 100 days of 2016?
And before you answer, I’ll tell you a bit about my recent blip with the whole switch-flipping thing.
Y’all know I did #Whole30, right? (If not, read up on it here.) And to be honest, a switch totally flipped for me. I had my meltdown before starting, started, and was full-on binary in my commitment to every single facet of the journey.
Until day 31. Reintroduction. Or as I prefer to call it, “The start of my three-day booze and cheese party.”
I turned what should’ve been a quick one-day test to see how my bod handled “poisons” after getting so clean then right back to the healthier lifestyle, forever having learned the lesson that treats are treats… not daily indulgences… into a reckless bender that took me a week from which to recover.
Welp, with that, I got a big ol’ reminder that there’s a reason flip-switch changes DON’T WORK in the long term. We simply aren’t built for hurtling in one direction, full-speed, slamming on the breaks, pulling a U-turn, and immediately continuing on in the new direction just as fast as we were traveling before.
That’s how you get whiplash, for cryin’ out loud!
So, here I sit headed into the final 100 days of 2016 in a really great place on my dial. I’m back to #Whole30 compliant as a lifestyle, with a bit o’ treats here and there once in a while, and always mindfully. The flip-switching work I did reminded me of the importance of incremental change. Of daily commitment. Of recommitting when the dial turns the other direction a tiny bit.
Of forgiving myself when I use the flip-switching muscle by mistake.
Now I’ll ask you… what can you do in these last 100 days of 2016 that will really make a difference… and create LASTING change?
Self-taping? Getting that script of yours finished? Re-editing your demo reel? Updating your show bible? Exercising daily? Treating yourself better?
Oh my gosh, think about the value 100 straight days of positive self-talk could have in your life! You could be a totally different person in just a few months thanks to all that self-love and self-care! And you’ll do it by turning a dial rather than flipping a switch if you set yourself up for success with reasonable, do-able, sustainable actions that can take place *consistently* over these 100 days.
One ninja suggested writing down every victory (even the tiniest one) and placing the strip of paper into a jar. On New Year’s Day, she looks forward to opening the jar and pulling through each strip of paper, reading them all, and celebrating the victories that she’ll have accumulated by year-end.
What a great idea!
Do you have any suggestions to share? Any prepping-for-success tips you can toss into the comments below, to help inspire others as they start up their 100-day challenge with us?
Have you figured out what you’re going to do? What you’d like to change? Whether you’ll be able to resist the urge to see all this as a bunch of switch-flipping and instead turn a dial a wee bit every day (and not panic when it twists the other way)?
Share with me! I cannot wait to celebrate these last 100 days of 2016 with you!