As the year comes to a close, many of us will look ahead and focus on what we want to accomplish in the new year. We buy planners, set up new apps, and prepare for change. We get excited to accomplish everything we set the intention to achieve without giving a thought to the potential failure ahead.
Whether we call it a resolution or a goal, what we’re trying to do is make a change and sometimes change can be hard. It can be scary too. Change in our lives can appear as a planned change like a resolution or it can be an unexpected change in life that puts you on a new path. No matter how the change flows into your life, how you view it will have a direct impact on how it evolves and how you grow as a result.
I listened to a podcast from PSI Seminars recently that outlined how we view change can either keep us from growing or it can support our exponential growth over time. It’s really up to you.
Do you view change as a threat in your life? You like to play it safe and stay in your bubble. Even if you’re bored, the merry-go-round you ride every day is predictable and comfortable. Any adjustments to what is known feel like a threat to you.
Or, do you view change as an opportunity? It excites you. The possibilities are endless and a ride on the roller coaster with its ups, downs, and loops seems exhilarating. You may feel fear, but you embrace it because you know it will help you grow in the long run.
No matter how you look at change, it all starts with a decision to take action and try. Just considering a change expands your thinking and creates new ideas. When you’re ready to make a change, you have to also decide the attitude you want to take and that attitude will help you fly or fail.
Below are 5 ways to help you embrace the change that lies ahead, even if you want to go for another ride on the merry-go-round instead.
- Decide what you will focus on. Where you focus your attention will grow whether it’s ideas, interests, or people crossing your path. Focus on certain areas that create momentum.
- Decide what this change means to you. What positive outcomes will happen from this change? Write them down.
- Decide what your energy will be around change. Give it a “Yes! I get to do this.” mantra instead of having the attitude that you “have” to do it.
- Decide who’s in your corner for support and share with that person or people what you’re trying to accomplish. Surround yourself with positive, supportive people.
- Decide what you’re going to do and do it. Resist the urge to be complacent one action at a time.
We have so many paths and opportunities we can take in life and the beginning of the year doesn’t have to be the only time you start making a change. Decide what you want to do and take action. Taking the smallest of steps each day will grow your confidence and resilience. Before you know it, you’ll make progress toward your goal.
Now it’s your turn. What action will you take today to embrace change as your opportunity?
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