One Fashion Tip at a Time
My husband and I have different perspectives on our four-year-old's wardrobe. I'm with my children pretty much 24/7. There are four of them and one of me; saying "No," gets exhausting. Consequently, Jake's clothing choices have to be utterly hideous for me to protest.
My husband is far more fashion conscious than I and doesn't have the opportunity to say "No," nearly as often. So when Jake wanted to wear his newly inherited black cowboy boots with a pair of navy sweat pants, a scuffle ensued. Wearied from the battle, my husband shook his head and said, "Looks like I'm going to have to teach that boy one fashion tip at a time."
Apparently the first one is: sweat pants and cowboy boots don't mix. Who knew?!
What a great tack my husband took: one fashion tip at a time. How many times I try to tackle too many fashion tips at once!
Whether clothes or chores or habits or school courses or job duties...when we try to change too many things at once, we get overwhelmed. We try to work on too many areas of our life at the same time and suddenly we find ourselves back where we started-nothing has changed and we feel like a failure, an overwhelmed failure.
So how do we successfully change? One fashion tip at a time:
Identify an area of life you want to change.
Choose one aspect (of that area) you'd like to change. JUST ONE!
Make a specific list of how you are going to make the change.
Implement one change at a time.
One area. One aspect. One change.
As you begin to implement the change, don't look down the road a month from now. Just look at today. Plan to make the change today. Then when you wake up tomorrow, plan to make the change again, just for that day.
One area. One aspect. One change. One day.
When you are changing small steps, concentrating only on today, you are more likely to stick with your plan. You will feel in control without feeling deprived.
What do you want to change? When do you plan to start?