Change is never easy and neither are new beginnings, even when they are by choice. They push us out of our comfort zones and force us to stretch and grow. It’s uncomfortable letting go of familiar things, habits, people, but sometimes it’s necessary. A new home, a new job, a new habit.
Regardless of the reason for the change, it’s important to embrace it! Change can be healthy. If you haven’t had a noticeable change in your life in a long time, you may be overdue. You may be feeling stagnant and restless, longing for things that aren’t present in your life.
Making the change is the challenge and your situation will be different from everyone else’s. The question is: what do you do once the change has happened? What do you do when it’s time to start over? If the new beginning is by your choice, you may be feeling excitement mixed in with the anxiety of the uncertainty of the future. If the changes are not your choice, then feelings of fear and despair may overwhelm you, but a simple shift in perspective can make a world of difference.
Let’s look at this change as an amazing opportunity to design the life you love! Life will never be 100% perfect, but we can still love the life we build. If we look critically at the life we have been living, chances are there were things we didn’t love, things we wished we could fix or change. How often in the past did you say, “I would be happy, if only…”?
Those “if only” moments are opportunities to transform your life! Take some time to think about those moments and what you would like them to be. Perhaps it’s a better paying job, perhaps a different job altogether. Maybe you want to own your own business or work from home. Have you been longing to write a novel or start a YouTube channel? Would your life be better if you went back to school or learned another language? Maybe your only desire is to have a tidy and organized home or take a much needed vacation. Whatever the desire, take some time to write down all of the things you want to be different from this day forward. Don’t waste time regretting the things you haven’t done.
Once you write them down, they instantly become goals that you can work toward achieving. Each one has steps you can take to get closer to achieving your goals.
Step 1: Write down everything you want to improve or change in your life. Do not edit the list. Do not censor yourself. Go ahead and dream big. This list is just for you!
Step 2: Pick 3 items that you think will bring you the greatest joy, satisfaction, and feeling of accomplishment.
Step 3: Answer a simple question for each goal: WHY do you want this? In reality, this is the most challenging part. What is your motivation for wanting to achieve this goal? Is it for you or for someone else? If you find that you don’t have a WHY for one of the items, pick something else from your list. Your WHY is your motivation. Without motivation, REAL motivation, you’ll find yourself procrastinating down the road or giving up altogether.
Step 4: For each goal: List three action items you can do THIS WEEK to get started. Don’t think about all of the things that need to happen or all of the reasons it might not be possible to achieve the final goal. Just think about the first three things that need to occur.
For instance, if you want to go back to school, you might write:
- Look up the application requirements for XYZ University
- Call the Financial Aid Office to see if I qualify for grants
- Look for a school with online courses
If your goal is to become debt-free:
- Gather ALL of the statements for my outstanding debts
- Get a copy of my credit report
- Download a budget worksheet
Don’t limit yourself with the seeming impossibility of the task!
Step 5: Do the three action items for each goal THIS WEEK! Don’t procrastinate it. You’ve waited long enough to have the life you want. Today is the perfect day to start building it!
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