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5 Steps to Embracing Your Life Change

When was the last time you made a meaningful change in your life?  Are you someone who thinks about making a life change, but you find yourself doing just that …. thinking about it?

It’s so easy to live day by day with the same old routines and keeping yourself in a safe comfort zone. There really is something about daily rituals and routines that brings comfort. However, have you really thought whether or not you are deeply happy with the way things are? Have you thought about what your life could be life if you allowed yourself to consider what else may be possible?

Sometimes when you’re relaxing and not rushing to work, or picking up the kids to go to your next soccer game, you may find your subconscious mind drifting and thinking about ‘what if” or “imagine if” my life were different?

If you find yourself experiencing these thoughts and asking yourself these questions, take a moment and answer them.

What if? Two simple, yet powerful words?

You owe it to yourself to find out what it is that you bring you a sense of inner peace and fulfillment.

It’s so natural and easy to get caught up with the ‘roles’ that have been established in our life and to get out of alignment. When this happens, you may experience feelings of apathy and restlessness at different points throughout your life.  which when dealt with, can be thought of as a great learning experience, resulting in profound personal growth.

However, if you don’t acknowledge the changes that you know you want to make or address why it is you are being held back, you may end up with health issues due to stress, apathy and experience what is commonly known as a midlife crisis.

For just a moment, think about the power of the word crisis.

Definition: “Crisis” – a time when a difficult or major decision must be made

Ask yourself,

  • Why don’t I try to make the change I want to make?
  • What is holding me back?
  • Is it my duty and obligations as a parent, spouse or caretaker?
  • Is it fear and lack of self-confidence?
  • Is it lack of clarity on what will make me happy?

 

Here are 5 things you can do to help you embrace the changes that you want to experience:

  • Be Honest with Yourself - The best place to start is to be honest with yourself. Deep down when you take the time to truly think about what matters to you and stop denying to yourself what you know will make you happier, you will know what actions you need to take.  Many people often hold themselves back because they don’t think they can take the big leap so they do nothing at all. The truth is every small step you take will eventually get back aligned with yourself.

 

  • Active Listening – If you are a leadership professional, most likely you have been taught about the importance of active listening. It’s a critical competency as a thoughtful leader. As important as it is to listen to others, it is just as important to listen to your own inner thoughts. Many people make the mistake of pushing those subconscious thoughts away only to realize that they keep resurfacing.

 

  • Follow Your Intuition - As you actively listen to your inner thoughts, you will get in tune with your intuition. The irony is that when you stop taking action by constantly filling up your time, and start actively listening to your own inner thoughts, things become clear.

 

  • Take Small Action Steps – As you begin to clear your mind and start to see what life changes you want to make, all you need to do is take one small step at a time. Many of us often hold ourselves back because they think they need to make a big leap or do nothing at all. The truth is every small step you take will eventually get you to your desired destination.

 

  • Be Patient – Life Changes take time. Knowing this simple truth will help you tremendously as you start to embrace change. Let your life change slowly come naturally to you. As you take time to be patient with yourself and what is happening around you, you’ll naturally start to see things shift and you’ll be drawn to what you want to experience. Change doesn’t happen overnight. Any lasting life change will take time.

 

When you take the time to listen to your heart and follow your intuition, you will learn how to embrace your life change.

Don’t forget to be good to yourself and acknowledge every small step that you make. You’ll experience life in a whole new way, one small step at a time.

Best

Noreen

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