So, you have decided that it is time for a change in your business or in your personal life. You have been thinking about it for a while, you have thought through all the pros and cons, and now you are ready to make the change. What do you do next?
I found this interesting article on Unstuck.com:
5 strategies to help you make a change in your life
- Practice getting outside your comfort zone.
Truth: One of the reasons we avoid change is the ambiguity that comes with it. We don’t know exactly what will happen. If we let this fear stop us, we may never open ourselves up to some of life’s most fulfilling experiences.
Try this: Write down one thing you can do in the next month that scares you, whether it’s rock-climbing, saying “no” to someone, or going out to dinner alone. Afterward, write down how taking this leap made you feel.
- Imagine what things will look like after the change.
Truth: For many of us, the idea of making a change brings up feelings of fear and discomfort. It takes motivation to push past those emotional obstacles to keep going. In these moments, nothing spurs us on more than having a clear picture of how much better things will be on the other side.
Try this: Imagine a day in your life after you reach your goal. Write down three ways how that day will be awesome.
- Take one small step, then another.
Truth: As the saying goes, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Contemplating the enormity of all that’s before you isn’t going to propel you forward. Taking tiny actions will boost your energy and optimism.
Try this: Identify one small, manageable thing you can do this week to move toward your goal, then do it. Notice the positive feelings you experience when you take action on your own behalf. Now take another small step forward.
- Choose the right support network.
Truth: Change can be lonely when you try to handle it all by yourself. It helps to recruit people who can act as sounding boards and help you stay motivated. There are no brownie points for going it alone.
Try this: Write down the names of two people who can give you a pep talk when you need it. Now write down two other people who would be great at helping you talk things through when you’re suffering a crisis of confidence or hit a roadblock.
- Expect failure — and don’t let it stop you.
Truth: When we find the courage to try something new and it doesn’t work out, it can knock the wind out of our sails. We may question whether the change is worth it, or even possible. But what if failure weren’t such a shock to our system? What if we expected to fail, sometimes spectacularly, on the path to achieving our goals? What if we focused on how to respond to failure rather than how to avoid it?
Try this: Think of a recent mistake and examine it for what you’ve learned. Then try again, using that experience. If you need help picking yourself back up, call on your support network.
So, are you ready for a change? Did you make any public or silent New Year’s resolutions? I encourage you to take the plunge! Take it from guy who has seen a lot of change in his life, it’s worth it.