1 Small Step for You…a Giant Leap to Ending Anxiety

Today, I want to begin with a story.

Over 100 years ago, the U.S. government hired an architect to design a building for a remote area with no running water. The architect had experience with these situations, so he designed the building as he had many times—with a slanted metal roof to capture water from melted snow, 11 fireplaces capable of warming the building even in the bitter winter, and brick walls to retain the heat.

From the architect’s perspective, the building turned out great, just as he designed.

Unfortunately, people hated it.

Why?

Because it was built in Key West, Florida, where the average temperature is almost 90 degrees and it never snows.

The metal roof attracted the sun’s energy, the brick walls retained the heat like an oven, and the fireplaces were a waste of space.

How could an experienced architect design a building like this?

The answer is…that’s the way he always designed buildings.

It’s hard to change, isn’t it?

But if you’re reading this email, you need to change. Anxiety and panic are ruining your life. And it’s time for you to do something about it.

I know the very thought of change is anxiety provoking. I’ve been there. So let me show you how to prepare to make the changes necessary to free yourself from anxiety. I want to emphasis prepare to make the changes, this comes before making the critical changes themselves.

Starting today, I want you to make one small change to your daily routine every day. It can be anything. It doesn’t have to relate to your anxiety. As I said, these are not the critical changes yet.

Here are some examples:

Drive a different route to work

Eat a different cereal for breakfast

Wear a different piece of jewelry

Shower at a different time

Brush your teeth in a different bathroom

Enter your home through a different door

And there are hundreds of other possibilities, small easy changes you could make to your daily routine. Again, these changes don’t have to relate to your struggle with anxiety in any way.

What does this accomplish? What’s the point of making a mundane change to your daily routine? How can this help you overcome your anxiety?

The point is for you to get good at change. It’s simple, the more you change, the more you’re able to change.

If you can change a mundane part of your routine, you’re that much closer to being able to change what’s necessary to free yourself from anxiety. In psychology terms, we call this “behavioral flexibility.” And it works.

I want to warn you. Even though this is simple advice that’s easy to implement, many people don’t do it. Why? Not because it’s difficult to put into practice, but because it’s so easy that people have a hard time seeing how it can help.

Let me be clear about how it can help.

If you’re reading this, anxiety has a grip on your life. This is no small problem. You’re not going to fix this overnight. There’s no pill you can take or Herculean act that will make it all better. I’m sorry to break it to you, but there’s no quick fix. It took you years to get here; it’s going to take time to resolve this. And the way to resolve it is to take one small step at a time.

Do you know how to jump 10 feet high? You can do it. It’s actually easy. Jump 1 inch at a time.

So making one small change to your daily routine every day not only strengthens your “change muscle,” it also gets you moving in the right direction. It begins your process to freedom from anxiety. And make no doubt about it; it is a process.

Og Mandino says, “Take great comfort in knowing that ALL great feats are accomplished one small step at a time.” TAKE THE SMALL STEPS! They make a BIG difference.

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