Success as we all should know by now is not about one giant factor; it’s about all the little things. If you commit to having a mini personal transformation every day, then you’ll smash your big goals.
This idea hit me like a brick in the face when I learned that growth was my highest human need. Looking back, each day, I was going backwards not forwards which explained so much of my unhappiness at the time.
Rather than try and go in the opposite direction, I consumed self-help advice like a madman. The advice all led to one thing: aim for a mini transformation every day. I forgot everything else I had ever learned and started to follow this simple advice.
So I no longer brought stuff, I didn’t leave the house, and I locked myself away until each small change started to add up. Just like your bank account, when you deposit regularly, the balance starts to grow beyond what you could have ever imagined.
Thinking back, here are the ideas I had to embrace to undergo a mini personal transformation every single day:
1. Random acts of kindness
Understanding kindness is something we all get conceptually it’s just we never practice it. Figure out some tiny acts you could do for other people and aim to execute on one each day. If you struggle coming up with lots of ways or you have a poor memory, feel free to execute on the same one each time and then move to a new act of kindness at the same time, weekly.
Here are a few:
– Let someone go ahead of you in line at the supermarket
– Give way to someone trying to do a u-turn in their car
– Buy a homeless person on the street their favorite hot drink
None of these acts of kindness are difficult. Dishing out kindness will make you think differently. Patience is required though.
“Your mind is what stops you from everything you want to achieve” – Tim Denning
2. New people
A mini transformation can occur each day by introducing one new person into your life. With social media and the Internet, it’s a pretty simple thing to do. In your daily travels, try to connect with someone you don’t know. You don’t have to be their best friend, just promise to stay in touch and do so.
I’m blessed to have new people reach out to me every day via email and LinkedIn. To practice this daily habit, I send one email to someone as often as I can. Pretty quickly, by doing this, your circle of influence around you slowly starts to change.
What you thought was impossible, now becomes slightly possible because you have people around you to plant different thoughts into that very intelligent brain you have been given. It’s in your nature to connect with your species, so do so and reap the benefits!
3. New culture
When was the last time you embraced a new culture? Probably not for a while. Try to experience a new culture as often as you can. For me, this could be eating different types of food or talking to people of different nationalities.
I was chatting to a gentlemen last week from India who had just moved to Australia. I asked him all sorts of questions about what the cultural difference was like. Pretty quickly, I realised how lucky I am to live in a country that is so beautiful and peaceful.
He even taught me things about my own city that I had no idea about. New experiences are where you will find mini transformations.
4. New business experiences
In your work life, aim to have a different business experience each day. Talk to clients you never talk to. Play in an industry you never deal with. If you work in education, then spend a day being surrounded by the medical industry.
Do something different to your fixed working life that is probably boring you to death anyway. You’re bored because you choose to be bored. Choose to do things differently. Practice regularly. Watch your work colleagues be surprised by your personal transformation.
5. Social media
Post a new idea on one social media platform each day. If you lack inspiration, go to a popular page you love, grab the content, and rework it into your own words. When you take someone else’s idea and reinterpret it, you create something new.
The act of creating this new content implants the idea further into your brain and allows your mind to grow. Your followers or friends will start to see a new you. They’ll be able to join your journey and get the same benefits that you experience.
“Life is about sharing and the more you do, the more you get to see what success is all about”
In your daily travels, go out of your way to compliment one person each day. Don’t be all fake about it and say what you feel applies to that person. Don’t make it war and peace. Be real.
Each time you do this, you train your mind to focus on what’s good in people rather than our difficult pattern of finding faults with people. What you think are faults in others are actually not. These faults are differences in one’s experience. None of us will ever have the exact same experience.
A few more things to think about
Some other daily acts to practice are:
– Buy one less item
– Stop yourself from saying one negative thought
– Believe in a new idea
– Think differently at least once
– Contemplate your next travel adventure
What if everything you ever dreamed of was possible through small daily acts of mini transformation?
Don’t try and do everything I have mentioned in this blog post at once otherwise, you will end up taking zero action. Try out one first and practice it for a week.
Then, aim to incorporate up to three. Once you’ve got three happening, you’ll do the rest without a lot of motivation. It’s getting started that is the hard bit.