Start to make those changes now! Yes, today!
Why do you not start to make those changes now? So many people want to make changes in their lives, but they talk about it but never take the necessary action – they procrastinate instead, and this is the reason things never change for them. Often people come up with reasons for not taking the action. As this is often subconsciously, they may also believe the reasons to be justified themselves. However, with this thinking, things will never change for them. Therefore, I recommend that if you wish to change your life, you need to start making those changes today. They don’t necessarily need to be large changes, but it is actually taking action that is often the motivating factor. Once you have started, and have seen some progress, it is easy to take further actions.
Getting going – start to make those changes!
If you find it hard to get going in the first place, it is useful to examine the reasons why. Think beyond the obvious reasons of not having enough time, not having the opportunity, etc., and start to think about what small steps you can do. Often the reasons we give for not making changes, are actually excuses, rather than valid reasons. Once we acknowledge this, we can start to delve deeper into why we are reluctant to take action. For example, often it is due to fear, uncertainty, and self-doubt – all things that we can learn to address.
Get out of that comfort zone!
Once you start to step out of your comfort zone, you will start the journey of change. When we start to do something, this can help us grow our comfort zones. We may find out that whatever it was that we were fearing is nowhere near as difficult to do as we were imagining it to be. Often worrying about something unnecessarily stops us from taking the action (and, in fact, when is worrying useful to us?) When I talk about growing our comfort zone, that occurs when we do things that take us out of our comfort zone so that we would not feel as fearful about doing them again, so that eventually we get comfortable doing them. It is good to try to grow your comfort zone. I would recommend that you do it gradually though, so it does not seem as scary!
Get support to make the changes
You may find it useful to get support if you wish to make changes and are not sure where to start. This can come from suitable friends or family members (I say suitable as not all friends or relatives may be supportive of you making changes in your life!). It could come from experts in a certain field (for example if you wish to acquire a new skill for example). It may also come from a coach or other professional who can support you with setting goals and moving forward in your life. If you have not worked with someone like that before, this could seem quite a big step for you. It is always good to have a chat with a potential person who you may go to for support. You can discuss what it is that you are looking for support with and ensure that you are the right fit for one another.
Accountability when making changes
Once you have started to make the changes or decided on a start day you may wish to get yourself an accountability buddy – this may be someone who is also working on making changes in their own life and would like to be accountable to you also. It helps if someone else is going through a similar experience. You may even do a group coaching or training programme and others on the programme can be your accountability buddies.
More information to help you change your life
If you wish to discuss with me how to go about changing your life, or you wish to attend one of my taster sessions, without any obligation, please feel free to contact me via my website. You may also wish to look at the different types of services that I offer. You may if you live in the local area where I am based (Preston in Lancashire) even wish to come along to one of my Meetup events to have an informal chat with me before you decide whether to work with me on a one-to-one or within a group coaching setting. Please reach out if you would like to discuss this further. I am always happy to listen, and if I can’t help you, or feel that you would be better working with someone else, I may know someone that could just help. What have you got to lose? Nothing, but you may have everything to gain! Why not also follow me on Facebook?