As much as some try to say they enjoy it, change can be difficult and stressful regardless of what the change is or how big a change it is.
And sometimes despite the benefits to our lives, we can get bogged down in how tough change can be. We’ll worry ourselves to death whether we’re making the right decisions or how we’ll even get through the changes ahead.
Getting past our fears and move forward with whatever changes that are on the horizon can be difficult. And all too often we’ll doubt ourselves even when we know it’s a change for the best.
Hopefully the following tips will help you move forward and make that positive change in your life you truly need.
Nobody has all the answers
Before making any important decision, it’s always a good rule of thumb to collect as much information about the impending change as you can. And doing a bit of research into it can sometimes help make that decision even easier, one way or the other.
But can you sometimes go too far with the research? Of course you can. All too often we get paralysed with fear because we think we couldn’t possibly have enough information to make a proper decision. But the truth is we need to stop waiting for the crystal ball to appear with how everything will turn out, and just make that (informed) leap of faith.
Trust your instincts
All too often we’ll make excuses for ourselves why not to make the important changes in our lives, but underneath it all we’re just not putting enough faith in our own ability to make the decision. Who hasn’t hemmed and hawed over making some decision, only to put it off instead of going ahead with what we know we should be doing?
It’s all about the fear of the unknown and being afraid to see where the future will lead us. It’s also about getting too comfortable in our current situation, so much so that we’d rather keep the status quo instead of leaping ahead. No matter what is on the horizon, we need to trust our ability to handle anything the future will throw at us.
We always worry too much about the worst case scenarios when making a big decision, and sometimes that will cause us to put off doing what is necessary. It’s always good planning to figure out what the worst that could happen, but at the same time, we need to look at what the positives could be. And if it’s the right decision, then the positives will always outweigh the negatives.
Enjoy the process
All too often we get way too wrapped up in the end results, that if we try to reach for that big life goal that we’ll never make it to the finish line. But you know what’s even more profound and enjoyable? The journey towards that goal itself. You chose that goal, so enjoy the process of getting to it.
Life is full of twists and turns, and what may be your end goal today, may not be tomorrow based on how your journey there unravels. Life changes, and so should your goals. And if you don’t reach your initial goal, that’s ok because you’re allowed to change to a new one as you go along. It doesn’t mean you’re being flaky or indecisive, but instead means you’re weighing your options as you go along.
Life is an opportunity
Don’t let yourself sit on the fence about making a big life changing decision, or allow yourself to get stuck in a rut. Or even when it comes to making a little decision really. big or small, each choice you make in life opens an opportunity to something new.
And you just never know where that opportunity may lead you. It may even make you change your initial goals, and allow life to take you to somewhere even better than you thought it would. There are always choices in life, so go ahead and see where they lead you.
Make the effort
Whenever we get stuck in a rut, it’s usually because we haven’t made the effort to exorcise the change we need to move forward in life. It could be we get settled into an easy job instead of going for one that could possibly propel our career to places we never thought it could. If you don’t ask for what you want in life, then you’ll never get it.
It’s also too easy to make excuses why we haven’t gotten where we need to be in life, so why not put them aside and just go for it already. If you don’t even try then you’ll never get what you want in life. And don’t let your own laziness stop you from even trying in the first place.
Build up to the big stuff
Let’s be honest – you can’t really go for the huge tasks if you haven’t mastered the little ones first. Sometimes you need to build up to where you want to be in life, and start from the ground up. If it’s regarding a career change, then see what you can do to improve your skills so you meet the qualifications of the new job. Or if it’s a more physical goal, like running a marathon, then start off with small runs and training first, and allow yourself to build up your stamina.
It’s not about completely changing your world around you at the drop of a hat, but instead doing it progressively over time. In the end, only you can truly affect the positive changes you need to get to your end goal.