Change can feel scary – even painful. You may be unsure how to get started, or feel worried about the impact your decisions will have on those close to you. Don’t allow these factors to hold you back…
I embraced change and allowed myself to live an authentic life that leaves me happy and fulfilled. I also created an online consultation website Gilvah.com for women to find and work with professionals to assist them in making a fresh start and inspire change.
Here are 14 simple tactics for you to explore:
1. Resign yourself – you must take action!
If you’re serious about changing something in your life, you have to take deliberate action.
Sorry, but there’s no avoiding this one! Inaction and wishful thinking will only keep you stuck. And when you’re in a place that doesn’t make you happy, joy disappears. And I don’t want that for you.
2. Figure out what will make you happy
It’s often easier to say what we don’t like rather than be clear on what we do want. But if you’re serious about creating a life that you love, take the time to really understand what you want. This is YOUR life. So make sure you do what makes you happy.
3. Write it down
Once you’ve decided what you want to create in your life, it’s time to make your intention real and tangible. You can do this by simply writing down your goal. You could even create a vision board. This small act will motivate you enormously.
4. Start small
When you decide you want to change, your end goal can feel like a lofty idea. And this can get you stuck. But I promise you that’s never the case. That’s because you don’t have to take one enormous leap to your destination, instead kick-start your transformation with teeny tiny steps.
5. Create new habits
If you want to make a lasting change, you need to create new habits. That’s why daily disciplines are so crucial to your success. Part of your journey through change will be to find the willpower and motivation to see your decision through – not just once, but on an ongoing basis.
6. Be yourself
Change is far easier when it comes from your heart. If the thing you’re striving to bring into your life is a true, authentic expression of who you are, you will find the strength to get through the tough times. Enjoy your journey of discovery.
7. Trust your judgement
It can feel unsettling to navigate change. It’s emotional, stressful, and uncertain. But despite all the turmoil that’s going on around you, one thing remains true. Your instincts will always be there to guide you. If you listen carefully enough you will find the answers.
8. Change your focus
You get more of what you focus on so don’t focus on stuff that depletes your energy and leaves you stressed. Instead:
- Focus on the things that make you smile, not the troubles that make you frown
- Remember the things you love, and forget the things you hate
9. Enjoy the moment
It’s so easy to believe life will be better when you’ve achieved change. And whilst this may be true, resist the temptation to fast-forward the journey. If you do, you’ll miss out on the joys that life has for you. Instead, be present and make a commitment to enjoy the change and transition.
10. Be realistic with your expectations
Change can’t always happen overnight. Don’t put yourself under unnecessary pressure. If you keep on with the baby steps and building those new daily disciplines, change will happen. You simply need to trust yourself and unleash the inner strength needed to create the change that you really want.
11. Don’t compare your journey with that of others
We are all unique individuals. What one person excels at, another struggles. This means you can’t compare your progress with anyone else – because your journey through change is totally unique. Give yourself the permission, time and space to change your life.
12. Don’t do it alone
Change can feel incredibly lonely. So don’t walk your path alone. Instead, draw upon the support of friends and family who will uplift you, and help you achieve your goals. In addition, other people can hold you to account – this support will help massively in your success.
It’s essential to reward yourself on your journey through change. Don’t hold back! In fact, you should celebrate even the teeniest of achievements. After all, these are all milestones on your journey to your new life.
14. Do one thing NOW
If you’ve read this far, it’s clear you want something in your life to change. So do yourself a favour… And start your journey NOW. Right now! Take one simple step immediately and kick-start your journey to your new life.
“A year from now you will wish you had started today.” Karen Lamb
Are you ready to change your life?
Consider working with coaches and professionals. Their external perspective and emotional detachment will help you see your situation in a different way.