Too many years of the rhythm of the school year and it is ingrained in me to see September as sort of an interim start of a new year, at least as far as most educational calendars go. Each September, I tend to think of new beginnings. Although I engage in continuing education year round, the “learning itch” increases just a tad more this time of year, and I tend to think of ways to make improvements in my life.
Whether you are considering formal education or just personal improvement, this is a good time to ask yourself, am I evolving?
The formal definition of “evolve” is “to develop gradually”. For those that feel overwhelmed with just their routine in day to day living, evolving is a good way to approach improvement, no matter what area you wish to improve. For it is in the gradual implementation or at a manageable pace that can make any change less daunting and draining. Even in formal school classes, you don’t learn a semester’s worth of knowledge in one day.
Whatever may be out of balance in your life, and whatever you may feel you need to work on for improvement, thinking about evolving versus dramatic change may work better for you.
When I work with my clients, I know they want to address issues and have a quick fix. Our current culture is one of instant fix, instant gratification, or instant improvement. But sometimes that isn’t possible. I stress the points that as they work on each layer of their well-being, improvements come. I also know that if too much is addressed, it is easy to become overwhelmed and momentum surrendered.
Evolving is sort of the marathon versus the sprint of a quick fix. So if you are trying to improve any aspect of your life, approach it as a longer haul and pace yourself. Make smaller, incremental changes and assess your response. Envision reasonable goals based on what you know and feel you can do to avoid discouragement in your process.
Whether you wish to improve on a physical, emotional, mental or spiritual level, determine your eventual end result and then map out a reasonable plan to accomplish that result. Take responsibility for all your actions. Find accountability partners if your goal warrants it. Then start those gradual, incremental changes that make the process easier for you. Your success will be more easily accomplished when you don’t initially set yourself up for failure. It also works better when you focus and concentrate on only one area, or one specific improvement at a time.
Only YOU knows what or how you want to improve, and only YOU can find or make the choices for that improvement. YOU are the only one who knows what will work and what may not. But if you think about it as “evolving” versus “abrupt changing”, it may make for easier progression, and increase your chances for success.
Wishing you health, evolving at your own pace, and living your best life.