Change in your life can be both scary and exciting, but more than anything it’s necessary to grow. Most people come to a point where they have to make a change in their life to either grow personally or professionally, but it’s hard to figure out when you’re ready to make that change.
So how do you know when it’s time that you’re ready to change your life?
The truth is there is at least one sign in front of you that you have been ignoring or not even noticing. Here are some of the signs:
- Your motivation is gone
- You’re unhappy most of the time
- The people around you are changing
- You’re often bored
- You’re often stressed
- You’re often scared
If you want to make a change in your life, you can to do so positively by following these seven tips.
1. Identify and understand what you want to change.
Whenever you decide to make a change, you must first understand why you’re making the change in the first place.
You need to be able to identify what it is about your goal that adds to you as a person, that makes you feel better and more expansiveAnthony Grant, Professor @ University of Sydney’s Coaching Psychology Unit
If your goal aligns with your core values, then “the thought of it will trigger a positive gut feeling.”
2. Rid your life of negativity.
This is not as simple as it may sound. If you’re surrounded by negativity, then how can you expect to have a positive and joyful life? In fact, those who are negative or surrounded by negativity are more stressed, get sick more often, and have less opportunities than those who are positive.
When we make a decision to become positive, and follow that decision up with action, we will begin to encounter situations and people that are also positive.Chris Talambas
3. Exercise more often.
You may be getting tired of hearing everyone telling you that you need more exercise. Sure. Exercising is great for you physically. But, it’s also an excellent way to become more positive in life. Exercise can change the direction of most situations in your life. As Nike says, “Just Do It.” The benefits of exercise are immeasurable. You gain purpose, drive, but most of all it teaches you a discipline.
For starters, when you exercise, you feel better about yourself, which leads to having more confidence. Exercise also reduces anxiety and stress and releases euphoric chemicals in the brain like endorphins and dopamine.
4. Be kind to others.
There numerous ways that you can be kind to others that don’t take that much time and effort. For example, you could purchase coffee for a co-worker. Pay the toll for the person in line behind you. Visit a family member or friend. Smile at cashiers or servers. Or, you could volunteer whenever you have free time.
People who engage in kind acts become happier over time. When you’re kind to others, you feel good as a person–more moral, optimistic, and positive.Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor @ the University of California
5. Build a support network.
A strong social support network can be critical to help you through the stress of tough times, whether you’ve had a bad day at work or a year filled with loss or chronic illness. This group of friends, family, and peers is also important because they provide additional benefits like providing a sense of belonging, an increase in self-worth, and a feeling of security whenever you need advice, information, or guidance.
6. Eliminate the nonessentials.
After identifying the things that are most important in your life, it’s time to start eliminating everything else. This is all about simplifying your life, so that you can focus on the things that matter most to you and prevents you from getting distracted.
We have so much stuff in our lives, from possessions to things we need to do to information coming in to visual and emotional clutter, that we are overloaded. The result? We end up doing a lot of things that aren’t really important to us, because we have so much other stuff to do that has crept into our lives and that we leave in our lives, unexamined.Leo Babauta, Zen Habits
7. Take baby steps.
When we look at the big picture we can get overwhelmed with all of the steps involved in achieving a goal. Instead, break the “big picture goal down into systematic, manageable baby steps.” Then, document and celebrate your wins daily.
This will help you achieve that change that you’ve been seeking in a positive way and meaningful way.
The one primary motivator that leads us to persevere is baby stepsJohn Brubaker on Entrepreneur