The Curious Coach Podcast

Episode 071:
Mini: Gradual Changes

This week’s episode is about reflecting on gradual changes that might be happening around and that you might not be aware of.

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Hello and welcome to this weekly mini-episode of The Curious Coach Podcast.  This week’s reflective question came to me as I was doing one of my usual morning runs as part of my commute into work.

If everything goes according to my plan, I’m normally pulling on my running gear and leaving the house at just before 6:20am.  For the last number of months, it’s been dark, cold and usually wet.   Nevertheless, I love my morning runs as a way to get some exercise and it’s my time to reflect and ponder about things going on for me.

For the last while, it’s still been dark by the time I arrive into work.  However, last week, I suddenly became away that it was now getting bright somewhere close to the middle of my run!  When did that happen and why did I only notice it this week?

What’s interesting, is that for where I am in the world and for this time of year, sunrise is generally getting 2mins earlier everyday.  Two minutes doesn’t sound a lot, but over the course of a month, that’s basically an hour earlier than the previous month.  Whilst my awareness was quite sudden, the change had been happening slowly each and every day.  I simply wasn’t aware of it until one morning, as I was coming down through a place called chapelizard, that I noticed it was bright rather than dark.  It went from being something that was happening in the background to briefly registering in the foreground of my awareness.

That got me thinking, how many other gradual changes are we not aware of?  The obvious one is that each and every day we’re getting older and until we look back on a photograph from 6 months, or 6 years ago, we might not really notice any changes.

So that’s my reflective challenge for you this week, start to reflect on what’s going on around you and see if you can become more aware of those gradual changes.  It might be a feeling that’s been building over time, a physical sensation, a growing mastery of a particular skill, or something else altogether.  Don’t judge what you notice, simply become aware of it.   You might even find that it might be a struggle to notice things at first and then suddenly you start to notice lots of things as you become more adept at looking deeper at the background and bring more things into the foreground.

As always, if you’d like to get in touch and share what you noticed, please don’t hesitate to send me an email to [email protected] and that’s stephen with a p.h.  Full details of this and all the other episodes can be found on my website at