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When Opportunity Knocks
Opportunities will come in all sizes, shapes, and intensities. Some are welcome, some are not. Sometimes you feel like you have control over the opportunity, sometimes you do not.
For example, a client I worked with once was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. At first Carol was devastated by this news because she thought this meant an end to love of cooking. She did not have control over this opportunity. It was a scary change that was dropped in her lap unexpectedly.
Together we focused on what piece was accessible to her. What was she in control of? Carol made a list of what she could do. She could not change the Type 2 diabetes diagnoses, but there were some opportunities that were in her control. Here are a few items from her list:
- Talk to the dietician about required cooking habit changes.
- Search online for substitutions to favorite recipes.
- Follow new food blogs and social media accounts of chefs cooking healthier.
- Talk to favorite vendors at the local farmers market about what to change about new recipes in order to make them taste less bland.
Carol did not tackle the entire list at once. Habit change needs to come in bits and pieces – right-sized chunks for what feels like you can sustain over time.
Right-Sizing Your Opportunity
Evaluate Your Progress
Changes that seem small and unimportant at first will compound into remarkable results if you’re willing to stick with them for years.James Clear, Author of Atomic Habits