In my last post, I talked about ways to figure out what changes you needed to make in order to achieve your goals. In this post, I would like to give you a few tips as to how to implement those changes.
Because making changes can be a bit hard and scary, I like to have some fun and “practice” before I make a big change. Doing things like taking a new route to work, trying a new restaurant, chatting to a stranger in line at the grocery or spending more time playing with your dog rather than watching TV are all changes to your routine. Sure, they may seem small and inconsequential but it helps you get in the mind set of making changes and shows you that change does not have to be “bad”. For someone like me who thrives on routine and organization driving to work on a different route can be a real rust buster. This exercise alone can begin to shift things in your favor just by showing the Universe you are ready to start doing things differently.
Now that you know what changes you need to make you can prioritize those changes. What can you realistically change now and what do you need to perhaps put off a bit longer (remember those smaller goals I talked about in the last post, here they come). For example, if your goal is to start your own business, should you quit your current job right away or would it be better to start your new business in your spare time until you have a more established clientele and income. Is the more important change to invest your funds in advertising, web design, etc? Or if you want to start exercising, should you buy a treadmill or would it be better for you to hire a personal trainer to hold you accountable for your workouts? There is no right or wrong answer only you know what the best course of action is for you.
Having a support system is critical when making changes, especially big ones! There will be times when you question what you are doing and why you are doing it and it is important to have a network of friends, family, coworkers, etc. to help you through the muck and mire of doubt. However, these people have a personal agenda when talking to you. Even if they are well meaning their thoughts, beliefs and opinions cloud their judgement toward you. Also, your goal is not necessarily their goal so thy are not as invested in the process as you are. So, find yourself a secondary support system made up of like minded individuals. They will have similar goals and can provide you with tips and insights to persuing your dream. The internet and social media is loaded with groups and chat rooms dedicated to almost every size and type of goal. Join a few communities and share your experiences and ask questions. You will gain some excellent information, get some unbiased support and be networking/making friends at the same time.
The next tip, is to hire a coach. A lifestyle, career or relationship coach can help you through all of the stages of your process of change. They can help you focus in on your path, create an action plan for change, provide you with a sounding board for ideas, give you nonjudgmental feedback and assist you in finding and utilizing the resources you need to achieve your goal as well as hold you accountable for your action along the way.
My final tip is to just take the first step toward change. It has been said over and over in a myriad of ways and there is a reason for it. It’s the truth!!! The biggest, most important thing you can do to create change and move forward toward your goal is to just take the very first step and the next step and the next step will have to follow.
Now you have some ways to figure out what changes you need to make and some steps you can take to help you make those changes big or small.
There are many more and you will draw to you the methods that will serve you best but at least you have a place to start.
SO, go get’m’ Tiger!!!!!
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