A family member and I were discussing (complaining) about how difficult it is to lose weight. I said that my philosophy was that I would rather lose 5 pounds 5 times than to try to lose 25 pounds once. She laughed at me, until I explained why.
It is easier to lose 5 pounds each time we gain 5 pounds, even if it means we repeat this 5 times, than it is to wait until we have gained 25 pounds and then try to lose it all at once. We can make small adjustments in our lifestyle to lose 5 pounds. We will have to make larger adjustments to lose 25 pounds, and it will take longer.
I think the concept of losing 5 pounds 5 times is sound and is something that we can use in all areas of our lives. Problems and issues are easier to deal with when they are small. When we address them when they are small, they do not become big problems or issues and are not as overwhelming.
One example is overall health. It is easier to make the life changes necessary to avoid a heart attack than it is to deal with life after a heart attack.
It is easier to deal with debt when it is small, rather than letting it pile up and trying to deal with it when it becomes large.
It is easier to deal with people over minor issues as they occur than it is to let bad feelings accumulate and then try to deal with them.
It is easier to deal with anything when it is small, rather than waiting until it becomes overwhelming.
Is there anything you should deal with now before it becomes worse? Won’t it be easier to deal with now, rather than later when it is a larger issue?