One little change


Why do we find it so hard to make positive changes?

Might it be that sometimes we don't know where to start?

I don't mean that we don't have enough information. That we don't know what all we need to do. That's hardly an issue these days.

But I mean that we don't know what to choose as our first battle.

If your goal is to start waking up earlier, maybe don't beat yourself up Monday morning when you're still getting up with just enough time to make it to work on time. (Or at least before the boss notices.)

No, you can beat yourself up for that after you've mastered going to bed at a decent hour. That sounds like a great place to start. First things first, as they say.

I've only recently been able to journal regularly.

I had tried so many times before. It always started with the perfect journal. And then I'd come up with my perfect system.

And then after few entries, I'd have discovered a new perfect system. And then I needed a new perfect journal. Because I couldn't have my new perfect system mixing with my old perfect system.

And then I started getting journals with blank pages. Which meant I could no longer have the perfect system. Because something was bound to be off. And inconsistent.

But on the flip side, I had never felt so free.

Each page was bound only by its size. Not by lines or grids or dots.

Each page was free to be what it was meant to be.

A vignette. A traditional journal entry. A page of what would become a blog post.

The true blank page was what led to my sketching. Which has led to a number of other benefits.

A turtle sketch inspired by a ceiling fan

What started a ceiling fan ended up a turtle

All thanks to one little change. Not thanks to anything major.

Major comes later.

What's one little change you can start working on today?


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This post is by Jake LaCaze and originally appeared on