One of the key components of Kaizen Muse Creativity Coaching, is the use of small steps. When I first heard about it I thought, this approach seems counterintuitive. How can I get closer to fulfilling my lofty dreams, if I’m only taking very small steps?
The magic of small steps is that it helps you to get your engine started and gears turning.
Once engaged, you can continue to build momentum, increase your speed and may end up covering more ground than you set out to at first to. Starting with small steps does not mean that your output is small, it just means that you can start working on something that is not intimidating or overwhelming.
First things first, you need to identify your goal or creative intention. If that is eluding you, a creativity coach should ask you questions and provide exercises to help you tap into what is really calling to you. They will also help you identify current blocks and fears so that you can work through them together. Working with Oracle cards or Tarot is a way to gain clarity and insights that can help reveal your Soul Purpose. They often tell a story, one that you are already familiar with but might have subconsciously blocked.
Once you have identified your mission and are clear about what it is you want to accomplish – sit with it, dwell with the possibilities, engage your sense/feelings and tether yourself to the sensations of fulfillment. Get out past the finish line, taste the deliciousness of your success. Stay with this feeling for a minimum of 16 seconds, to engage the Law of Attraction. You can also make a vision board to cement the images into your subconscious and help remind you of what it is you are striving for.
The small steps come into play to help you engage in process. Once you have determined what your end game is, it is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed or experience symptoms generated by perfectionism or to get derailed by self-sabotage. You might suffer from thoughts of inadequacy, bouts of imposture syndrome or continue to be distracted by activities that are not in alignment with your goal. Working with a Kaizen Muse Creativity Coach can help you create structure, and they will facilitate getting comfortable asking small questions and taking small steps.
The baby steps help us sneak by our amygdala; the part of our brain that is designed to keep us safe. Whenever we are venturing out past our comfort zones and status quo, it sets off an alarm and quickly gangs up on us with our Ego – creating masterful excuses and fears to try and keep us from stretching, growing, and altering our current identity.
Small steps should be so small, that they don’t set off any blaring alarms, they shouldn’t trigger any reaction from our ‘lizard brain,’ instead, they seem silly and inconsequential and that’s how we navigate initiating process with ease.
Here’s an example: you want to write a book; you think that a small step is committing to writing a page a day. A Kaizen Muse small step breaks it down into an even smaller morsel. Just set the intention to open your laptop, to put your fingers on the keyboard or simply find the journal you will be capturing your ideas in. Seems silly right? The sillier it seems, the more ideal it becomes, simply because it poses no threat to ego or your lower brain and then they put up no resistance.
If you are looking for support with defining your goals, identifying your Soul Purpose or better understanding how to effectively work with small steps, you can take your first small step today and schedule a free discovery call with me. Zero pressure, just a chat to see if we are a good fit and if together, we might help you help yourself live a more creative, joyful life! I look forward to hearing from you soon. X - Robin