I love achieving and doing. My personality thrives on making a difference and seeing growth and change – in myself and others. I often have to remind myself just how significant small changes are. They are the micro-nudges that – over the course of time – make a huge difference. All too often we feel challenged or overwhelmed by the “Big Changes” happening in the world around us. This can often lead to a variety of “out of control” feelings ranging from disappointment, to disillusionment, to utter frustration. During these moments, we often forget how much control we actually have and that by making small micro changes, we can make a big difference to our personal and professional lives. And, this is where the “Power of 10%” – or even 5% or 2% – is so beneficial in helping us achieve the changes we desire and deserve.

Let’s focus this week on the tiny Key Steps we can make to…

‘be the difference that makes the difference.’

  1. Consider what would happen if you…
    Exercised 10% more or reduced your unhealthy snacking by 10%?
    Invested 10% of your income?
    Spent 10% more time on your personal development?
    Spent 10% of your time writing a new article or book?
    Slept 10% more?
    Complained 10% less.
    Gave your children 10% more focused attention?
    Took 10% more time for yourself?
    [Enter your wishes here and please share them in the comments below]
  2. You could likely…
    Improve your health, increase your energy levels and feel better about yourself.
    Create a nice nest egg for your retirement.
    Enhance your job performance and your career.
    Feel more rested and resilient.
    Have a healthier and happier mind.
    See your relationships improve.
    Find that – over a period of time – you could achieve the unimaginable!

As the ripple produced by a rock thrown into the still lake expands into ever-increasing concentric circles, so do the effects of 10% micro-nudges. What micro Key Steps will you start this week to….

‘be the difference that makes the difference.’




NOTE: The information in my blog may be freely shared and re-used in any online or offline publication, provided it is accompanied by the following credit line: This was written by Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, and originally appeared in her free bi-weekly  ‘Key Steps Food for Thought Blog’ available on the Key Steps website.

Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, EQ Expert, Founder and CEO

Sharon is a dynamic facilitator, speaker and executive coach with over 25 years’ experience in leadership development and organisational transformation. Her PhD thesis contributed a framework for holistic and sustainable leadership development that was published by Rutgers University in the USA. She is faculty of numerous business schools and highly sought-after by leading corporates because she works hand-in-hand with them to create sustainable results and long-term success. In 2020, Sharon was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame, which is a lifetime achievement award, recognising excellence and her contribution to the field.

Sharon is one of only three women in South Africa to hold the title of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – the Oscar of the speaking industry. She is also a COMENSA Master Practitioner (CMP), a qualified Modern Classroom Certified Trainer (MCCT™) and an accredited Global Virtual Speaker. Sharon is also a registered Education, Training and Development Practitioner (ETDP), holds an Honours degree in Psychology and practices as an NLP master practitioner.

Most important to Sharon is that she has become known for her genuinely caring manner, practical and transformational approach, and for providing valuable tools and that allow people to take Key Steps to really… ‘be the difference that makes the difference.’