Change can make you feel overwhelmed, stuck, without purpose or direction. The key to remember is that change can also bring opportunities that may just allow us to become the person we have always wanted to be.
Without Change it is easy to fall into the same old patterns. We may want to try new things, meet new people but we can safely find excuses when that status quo is being maintained.
When change is thrust upon us is takes away any excuses or delays. Change forces us to act. Sometimes the best thing that can ever happen to us is the need to make a change. It may become an opportunity to reinvent both our businesses and our lives.
Things will always change, for better or worse. You have the ability to affect that change. Circumstances, situations, issues, they will all change with you or without you. Don’t let your inactivity make the decision for you what you will encounter during that change. Be Part of the event and make it a positive one.
Here are my top 10 strategies to ensure moving through change puts you on the right side of success.
1. Commit – There Is No Going Back
Change has reared it’s ugly head. You understand you need to move forward and so now you must accept you know better. There’s no going back to what life was like before change came .If you quit now you can’t go back to where you where. If you try, it will only get worse because you have already taken the first step in acknowledging nothing can be the same. So commit! Commit to moving forward. Commit to following through. Commit to a positive end result.
2. Make Yourself Worth It
The Hardest part of change is committing. If you’ve mastered it then your next step is recognizing the importance of de-cluttering or getting rid of the old “stuff”.
Clutter isn’t just physical items or “stuff” – clutter is also very much a “state of mind”. Clutter represents stagnant energy be it unused items, nagging thoughts, anger, frustration, things that don’t bring you joy, or simply unreturned phone calls and draining friends.
Clearing your clutter is the most powerful and fastest way you will ever come across to transform your life at rapid pace! Your prosperity, your level of abundance, your health and your relationships are all directly related to how well energy is allowed to flow with your environment and even within your life! If you only have time to do one thing in your life right now—and hope to see immediate results, this is it. Get rid of the old to make room for the new.
3. Move Your Body, Change Your Life
Your body and help or hinder your path to change. Do you wake up feeling happy, refreshed, full of energy and ready to start the day? We need to create a healthy plan for our bodies in order to fully appreciate the life and environment we have created for ourselves. Creating a life that promotes vitality and good health is as important as anything else you will every do.
4. Reconnect – Who Are You Not Willing To Be Anymore?
You’ve got a good career, nice family but your life seems to be missing the sparkle and radiance you want it to have. Instead of trying to determine what is missing, or what could give you that radiance you are lacking try changing your perspective.
Sometimes, we get so lost in making it through the day that we don’t even recognize who we have become. Despite whatever challenges we face, wherever life has led us we always have the opportunity to stop and make a choice.
Spend some time thinking about what you dislike doing, what makes you feel small, angry, exhausted make a list of things you are not willing to do, or not willing to be and begin taking them out of your life
5. What Are You Good At?
Who are you willing to be. What makes you happy? Still not sure? There are certain tests that can lead you to at least think in the right direction. If you don’t know exactly what you want to do then take a step back and ask yourself how do you want to feel? When are you most a peace? most energized? most productive? Answering those questions are a good indicator of a direction you want to take. In order to change your work, your relationships or your finances you need to understand who you are? what are your strengths? what do you have to contribute? How can you bring joy to yourself and to others
My favourite way to determine what you are good at is simply right down a list of what people thank you for?
6. Create A New Vision
You’ve committed, created a clear space for yourself, you’ve brought life force in by moving your body, you know what you are NOT willing to do anymore, and you know what you are willing and good at so now is the time to create a new vision! It doesn’t have to be elaborate or grand it just needs to “feel” the way you want to feel for the rest of your life. I want my life to be…
7. Commit It Out Loud
Make a commitment to someone else. Once you decide on the actions you are willing to take, make it real by committing it out loud to someone else. Become accountable by making it a reality. You can commit to a friend, family member or just to the community at large. Once you make a statement that you are going to do something and you tell someone it becomes real. Share your desires and actions with the world! There is no perfect time, no perfect message ~ so just start now! Shout it out loud with everything you have and become the person you just envisioned.
8. Have Fun Consequences
The first feeling that comes sweeps across you when you hear the word consequence is usually a negative one. But, it doesn’t have to be! When you follow through on what you say people will respect you far more AND you will respect yourself far more as well. If this system doesn’t exist for you then you need to change it to ensure that does! Consequences keep you on track so moving forward make your consequences positive; a minor reward if when you accomplish it! It can mean a day off at the end of the week, or an hour watching TV. Try adding on to to the reward each week so that it gets bigger and better the further along you go!
What if you don’t make it? Make the consequences a little more painful but engaging. For example commit to a friend if you don’t achieve your goal for the week you will sing a song of their choice at Karaoke night! or you will take a bellydancing class and post all your pictures on your Facebook! Make it something you really don’t want to do! But not anything that would create harm.
9. Enjoy The Change
You made a change! Changed your eating habits, started exercising, changed jobs, created a new relationship you should be happy! Feel elated at accomplishing what you set out to do! If you do congratulations! But, what if you don’t? Is the change not what you thought? Do the steps you have taken feel like too much work, tedious? If so then don’t stick with it. You need to make the changes that will make you feel good, if they are not making you feel good then stop doing them and acknowledge that you thought you wanted that change but perhaps you really don’t. That knowledge is empowering! You can now move on and make different choices that will bring you further along the path – to the place you need to be
10. Change is Always Changing
So what do you do when life changes again? The one thing you can always count on is change is always around us. Just when you thought you made all the changes you wanted to, you are happy and feel good…something changes. Change can come in the wrappings of the loss of a job, a loved one, a new opportunity, a move or just about anything you can think of.
The key to living a happy life is understanding and acknowledging that things are constantly changing and you will need to reset your path to accommodate those changes as they present themselves. Change doesn’t have to be scary, it can be positive and can fill you with excitement. Each time you meet a new person or are exposed to a new path you are given the ability to see life differently, add to your knowledge and experience something you may have never even dreamed of. Be grateful for the changes that come into your life and learn to utilize these opportunities to grow and move further along your journey!
Create a plan to work with changes. Whenever something new occurs, take time to analyze how it fits or no longer fits into how you want to feel. Take the necessary steps to remove it from your life as it no longer services you, or embrace and run with it!
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