This week, we’re continuing our series on change. So you’ve finally made the decision to change your life…but you’re not quite sure where to start. I’ve got your back! Here are seven tried and true tricks to get you on the fast path to a brand new stage of your life.
1. Get out of your comfort zone.
Our fear of change is often times a fear of the unknown, called by another name. We are creatures of comfort and familiarity. When we attempt to make a change, it feels uncomfortable because we may face new challenges and situations that we don’t know how to handle. If we let this fear stop us, we may not experience some of the amazing things that life has ahead for us.
Challenge yourself this month to do one new thing that makes you uncomfortable and afraid. After you have completed it, journal about it… how did it make you feel?
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch
2. Expect setbacks but don’t give up!
With everything we do, there are always setbacks and failures. Expect that not all things will go as planned, but don’t let that stop you. Just learn from your setbacks so that you are better and stronger the next time you try!
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently” – Henry Ford
3. Visualize it!
Our thoughts are incredibly powerful. For this reason, it is important to think about your change as it if has already happened. Think about all that you will gain from it and embrace the goodness it will bring. Imagine yourself living that life and how it will make you feel. Journal about it – describe the feelings and the surrounding space. Next time you are doubting yourself, go back to your journal entry for motivation! Revisit this journal as often as possible for you to truly imagine you are living that life. Without realizing it, the more time you spend with that dream, the more likely you are to start acting like it has already happened. By doing the things that will make your dream successful, your thoughts can actually
“Visualization is daydreaming with a purpose.” – Bo Bennett
4. Break it down into smaller steps.
No one climbs Mt. Everest in a day. It is important to dream big and have big goals to aim towards, but the only way to achieve them is to break larger goals down into smaller, actionable steps. Write down all the things that you need to do (however small) to make this change happen. Organize them in order of when they have to happen and add a due date. Voila! You have an action plan. If we take big bites, we run the risk of choking on the stress and giving up. If we break it down, we will accomplish our goals in no time.
“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” – Confucius
5. Take it one step at a time!
It could be overwhelming to accomplish a task but if we take baby steps, it becomes easier to focus. Focus on the step in front of you and just take one step at a time, the steps will add up and the mission will get accomplished.
“It’s difficult to change overnight, but if you are persistent and take one step at a time you will see results!” – Jack LaLanne
6. Surround yourself with the right support.
Having a support system is instrumental to your success. No matter what the change is, knowing that you are not alone will alleviate some of the stress and anxiety you are feeling about your decision. Having the right individuals by your side can also help keep you accountable. Think about the people in your life that have a positive influence on you. Maybe they motivate you to be more optimistic, maybe they are in a field that you find interesting…whoever they are, make sure that they are a motivating presence in your life. If you’re having a hard time thinking of someone, join a professional group online or in your city and start making some positive connections. Once you find your tribe, ask them to hold you accountable to your goals, and vice versa. You don’t have to do it alone!
“Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.” – Misty Copeland
7. Just Do it!!
Just like the Nike slogan… get out there and just do it!
“If you can’t beat fear, just do it scared.” – Glennon Doyle Melton
Give these a shot, and let me know how they work for you! Next week, we’ll dive into more targeted ways to put these strategies into action in your life.