The Power of Small Steps

The Power Of Small Steps Makes Productivity Easy

 If only it was easier to feel and perform your best

Tired and wired, you rehearse what to say to at tomorrow’s meeting. The CE will be visiting, and every GM is meant to present on key projects and potential cost savings. Then your brain switches over to your ever-growing to-do list.

It’s 3 am. Will you ever fall asleep? Even if you do manage to fall asleep, you’ll only get a few hours of rest before your alarm sounds for the next school battle. You really should get to the gym as well. You haven’t been for weeks. Why did you even sign up in the first place? You feel like a failure for not going. If only you had more discipline.

You feel anxious gazing at the clock ticking by. Maybe some deep breathing will help?

Argh!!! You know your concentration and focus will be shot tomorrow if you don’t go to sleep now. If you’re not on top of your game, who knows what the CE and other GMs will think. Sigh… no doubt you’ll snap at the kids and your team as well. You hate feeling like an ogre, but why can’t people just do what they’re supposed to do.

Yes, you’ll get a triple shot flat white from a café on the way in. You’ll need the extra kick to help you get through the day. Maybe a choc chip muffin too? What’s the likelihood you’ll have a chance to eat breakfast before you rush the kids out the door? How great would a glass of wine be?

You know your productivity and performance have dropped at work recently. Your Manager has even made a few passing remarks. Easy for them to say, they have an EA who does everything; they probably have a house cleaner too, and a personal chef too.

Hmmm… What to do? You know you’ll be so much more productive if only you had better habits. You’ve heard about these intensive well-being reset retreats. Maybe that’s what you need? But then when would you get away? You can’t just pack up and leave; you have work and home commitments. Can you imagine how big your to-do list would be when you got back? Sigh….

The alarm clock sounds, you get out of bed feeling exhausted and dreading the day ahead. You know there’s no way you can perform your best when you feel like this. If only it was easier to make better habits.

No single instance will transform you

In a world fixated on overnight success stories, grand gestures and intensive wellbeing reset retreats, it’s easy to overlook the profound impact of small, consistent actions.

As James Clear, author of best seller “Atomic Habits,” wisely said:

“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.” – James Clear

This sentiment underscores the transformative power of daily habits—the small steps that, when done consistently, can lead to lasting change and personal growth.

Why starting small matters for lasting change

B.J Fogg, the renowned behaviour scientist behind “Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything“, emphasizes the importance of starting small. The Fogg Behaviour Model, the key for understanding behaviour, shares the three elements that are need to occur at the same time for behaviour to happen.

Behaviour happens when motivation, ability and prompt occur at the same time.

Big changes often lead to failure due to dwindling motivation. It requires more motivation to do big things because they take more resource. When you consider that many of us fear failure, sometimes we’d prefer not to even try, rather than risk failure. Real or perceived inability to carry out a behaviour can result in failure to start. Breaking down goals into manageable steps increases the likelihood of success. No matter what you’re trying to do, tiny actions create momentum and pave the way for bigger changes over time.

Consistency creates momentum

The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy further reinforces the idea that consistent, incremental actions yield significant results over time.

“Small, Smart Choices + Consistency + Time = RADICAL DIFFERENCE.”

Just as compound interest grows wealth over time, consistent habits compound to improve various aspects of our lives. Each small step may seem insignificant on its own, but when compounded daily, they create a powerful momentum that propels us toward our desired outcomes over time.

To quote New Zealand’s Rachel Hunter from a nostalgic Pantene commercial as she flicks her luscious locks – “It won’t happen overnight but it will happen”

Taking the right small steps: Building lasting habits for busy lives

With a wealth of information readily available, it’s easy to assume we all understand what we should be doing. While many of us grasp the basics for a healthy and prosperous life, the abundance of conflicting information—from self-proclaimed experts to celebrity-endorsed diets and influencers—can lead us astray. We’ve likely all followed misguided advice that failed to yield lasting results.

The Power of Small Steps is different, it stands apart as a blueprint for a high-performing life. Built on 12 science-backed habits for success and influenced by experts like James Clear, B.J Fogg, and Darren Hardy, every step taken is purposeful. The Power of Small Steps offers a structured yet adaptable approach to transforming daily habits across mindset, movement, and nutrition. By incorporating these 12 evidence-based habits across the three pillars of well-being, participants learn to stack habits effectively, creating a personalized routine that aligns with their goals and busy lifestyles.

For busy people it just works

This program adapts to busy schedules by focusing on manageable actions, eliminating overwhelm, and building sustainable habits. Consistency, not perfection, is key to long-term success and well-being.

Transformation is a marathon, not a sprint. By consistently implementing small, positive changes rooted in science-backed strategies, you unlock your full potential, improve focus, concentration, and energy, creating a fulfilling and vital life.

Take the first small step today

Ready to build better habits and transform your productivity and performance through The Power of Small Steps? Join the programme that has had a last impact of the lives of many and build a high-performing routine, one small step at a time. The Power of Small Steps – for busy people, it just works.

Never underestimate the impact of small, consistent actions on your journey to success. Start small, stay consistent, and watch as The Power of Small Steps transforms your life—for the better, forever.


About the author

Josie Askin, CEO of Spring Coaching, is a performance and productivity coach who works with driven leaders and entrepreneurs to improve their performance and productivity.

Josie has nearly 20 years working in government, in a range of advisory roles. She became interested in the gaps between workplace performance and wellbeing, gradually building analogies between sport and business performance while gaining several coaching qualifications. Now she deals with clients under pressure from all walks of life offering tailored leadership performance coaching, workplace wellbeing programmes, workshops, speaking and facilitation.