The Thin Edge of the Wedge. – Coach Be: Daily
Change can be difficult at times, and it’s only made more so by our instinct to take on too much at once.
So you want to lose weight? Sure, try starting a training regimen, eating way more vegetables, drinking more water, fixing your sleep issue, and cutting way back on sugar… RIGHT NOW.
How long do you think that effort is going to last? Based on my experience I’m comfortable saying “not long.”
Taking on too much at once may as well be THE recipe for short term disaster. But there is a better way.
“The thin edge of the wedge,” in change management refers to an action or procedure of little importance in itself, but likely to lead to more serious developments.
With wedges, there’s a narrow edge and a taller one. The more narrow the wedge, the easier it is driven forward. As the wedge is driven forward, big change happens.
So when it comes to making big change that lasts, don’t look to the most possible. You’ve tried that before and we know how that works out. Instead, look to commit to and master the single item. As a matter of fact, commit to committing first. Start with ONE positive behavior and make its daily execution non-negotiable.
As that get’s easier, add another.
That’s the way to lasting improvement.