What To Do If You Know You Need To Change
Life can be tough on us. After all, we live among millions of people, and nobody is exactly the same. That means we all have unique personalities, unique physiques, and unlimited differences in opinion. But most of us have one thing in common. We all wish we could do better, be better, or maybe even just feel better. It is human nature to strive for change within, even if we don’t like change in our lives.
So how can you start to make changes? The first step is to figure out what you want. Many of us look up to other people we admire. And that on its own could be enough to inspire us to make changes for ourselves. Maybe we want to be thinner? Perhaps you want to know more, or be better at your job? Or maybe you wish you could be fit enough to enjoy some of the sports and activities you enjoy watching?
There are lots of things about ourselves we would like to change. Once you know what you want for yourself, it’s time to make it happen. You don’t have to wait for a New Year resolution. Start right now, even if it’s not Monday morning. Now it’s time to tell someone else. Share your dreams or aspirations. That person will be your support. They’ll be there to remind you what you’re striving for when times get tough.
Of course, there are some things that we want for ourselves that are just too hard to manage alone. We need support for so many things, not just motivation. Quitting smoking or drinking may be something you’ve been keen to do for a while. If that cough won’t quit, then it’s time you did. And if you’re at work with yet another hangover, it could be time to ditch the hangups about alcohol addiction treatment.
They say your health is all you’ve got. If your health isn’t as good as it could be, then why not make some changes to improve it? Once you’ve made up your mind to do it, the next step is simple. Write it down. This helps you commit to the idea. Now take one small step toward that goal. Do you want to quit smoking? Head to the pharmacy and pick a nicotine replacement program. Do you want to be slimmer? Change one of your snacks for a piece of fruit. Baby steps in the right direction are more likely to lead to another and another.
You should speak with your confidant regularly about your achievements and your lapses. It helps you feel satisfied with results and removes the guilt from the little setbacks. Best of all, a friend may be able to give you some great ideas for your next step toward your goal. Perhaps you can join an exercise class together? Or maybe they can find that night school class you were looking for? Support and feedback are both important when changes are being made. And a good friend will provide both.
Sometimes the changes we want to make can be quite daunting. Perhaps you’re in a job you hate and you want to leave. Or maybe you’re ready to start dating again after an unpleasant breakup. You don’t have to jump in at the deep end. But sometimes, this can be just the push you need to make the changes you want. It all depends on you. A leap of faith could be right for you, or it may be too much too soon. If in doubt, try a single small step, like a toe in the water.
There are times in life when you might receive life-changing news out of the blue. This could mean that dramatic changes to your life are forced upon you. This can spark a lot of different thoughts. You might come to a sudden realization that you need to change. Or you might find you have to make an immediate change that you really didn’t want. The death of a loved one can be one of those times. Redundancy at work, injury, or even a sudden breakup can be life changing. If you’re not sure how to cope with your new situation, find someone who can listen and support you.
Every change, welcomed or not, is hard to manage. Not everyone copes in the same way. There has been a lot said about the power of positive thinking. However, it’s not easy to always look on the bright side. Don’t deal with it alone. A friend or family member or a professional will support you through this transition. And one day, you’ll find it was a worthwhile journey.