Jim Rhon said, “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” I have found this to be true, but I’ve also found that change is hard to make.
If you’re like a lot of people I meet and work with, there are things in your life that you would love to change. I read of a study that said 92% of people who attempt to make a change are not able to actually make it.
May you can relate.
Maybe you’ve tried to make changes in your…
- physical health
- lifestyle habits
- eating habits
- sleep habits
Some people have been telling themselves for years they are going to change something…yet month after month, year after year, life is flying by….and the changes never takes place.
This can be frustrating and discouraging.
It’s very defeating to have things in our lives that we want to change, but for whatever reason we fail to make those changes. Here are six simple tips to help you get some wins and make the changes in your life you want to make.
Six Simple Steps to Successfully Make a Change:
- Realize where change comes from. Change comes out of inspiration or desperation…or a combination of the two. You will make a difficult change when you are completely inspired (which usually comes from seeing how another person has successfully made a similar change)…OR…you will make the change when you are sick and tired of how things are, and you just can’t keep going down the same path. When the pain to stay the same is greater than the pain to change, then you will change. To sustain change, we usually require a combination of continual inspiration, along with never forgetting the state of desperation that caused us to take action
- Know why you want change, and use that as motivation. Be very clear on why you want change. Write it down in detail, print out a picture of what it looks like, and keep it in front of you. If your why is strong enough you can get through any “what”. You HAVE to know your why if you want change to last.
- Focus on what you DO want more than what you DON’T want. Use visualization to keep a clear picture in your mind of what you do want and continually picture yourself with the changes already made. Your subconscious will go to work to help you make it happen
- Make small changes that will lead to big changes. Calvin Coolidge said, “You can’t do everything at once, but you can do something at once.” This is so true. Start by making a small change that you know you can do and don’t bite off more than you can chew at one time.
- Go public. Tell others about the change you are trying to make. You don’t necessarily need to post it for everyone to read on your socials, but find a close group that will help hold you accountable. This very well could be the number one key to making lasting change. (Read about the winners circle here.)
- Don’t beat yourself up. There will be failures and setbacks along the way. Start again. Even if it’s for the 100th time, make it “Day One” rather than “One Day”. No one is perfect. Success comes not in never falling, but in simply getting up each time you fall.
Get Off “Someday Isle”
Many people live on a fantasy island I call, “Someday Isle.” Someday I’ll get my finances together…someday I’ll start getting in shape…someday I’ll start that new business…someday I’ll…
Have you ever noticed “Someday” never comes?
If you’ve been living on “Someday Isle”, now is the time to get off the island. Now is the time to take action. Now is your time to start something new! Follow these six tips and there will be a time in the not so distant future you will be thanking yourself you did.
Quotes on Change
“You change your life by changing your heart.”
“Progess is impossible without change, and those who cannot
change their minds cannot change anything.”
-George Bernard Shaw
“If you do not change direction, you will end up where you are heading.”
“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”
“One reason people resist change is because they focus on
what they have to give up, instead of what they have to gain.”
You either hate losing bad enough to change,
or you hate changing bad enough to lose.