Ready for a Big Change? 5 Bold Steps to Get you Prepared
It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory. — Edward Deming
It looks like you are ready for things to change. It seems that you have probably decided that the old ways aren’t working again and you are ready for the next phase of your career or life. That is why you are reading this at the moment. Well congratulations. You’re in luck! This post is an eye-opener on the reasons you should focus on the new way. Begin to build a strategy, open your eyes to opportunity and gain an understanding of how you ended up in a place you didn’t want to be and what will be different from now on.
The chances are that, although there might be things in your life that aren’t the way you want them, for some reason you feel the need to hang on to them. It’s not unusual for us to feel comfortable with the familiarity of a situation, even if we think it’s making us feel unfulfilled. But do you really want to feel this way all through life? If not, then ask yourself, the purpose of keeping yourself where you are. You might find that the reasons you are sticking in the same place could be fear of failure. If so start imagining change and you might find it isn’t as daunting as you thought.
Successful change starts from the ability to build a mindset that is creative, risk taking, enthusiastic, calculating, involved, and inspired to change. To achieve this, you must create a positive change momentum that contributes to a successful change process. But building and sustaining a change mindset may not be achieved without careful planning before, during, and after the change initiative. Change never stops or takes a holiday we constantly have to change to survive.
Begin With a Dream
Only a solid dream, intention or goal, can trigger your senses to change. The first step to begin the process of change is to get clear what you want to achieve and what’s pulling you back from achieving them even faster. Get creative. Discover yourself. You’ve got all it takes. Move out of your comfort zone. It’s funny how we all talk about people being in friend zone, but we never talk about those in comfort zone. The reason is because virtually all of us are in the comfort zone. But it’s time for change. What would your ideal life look like?
Accept Where You Are Now
Sometimes we don’t make a life change because we don’t know how to make it happen. But I can tell you that it is better to just begin. Take small steps. You will learn along the way. The Universe has a way of responding by putting the right people and opportunities in your path and good ideas in your mind.
There’s an old saying, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.” Intuition moves us out of our comfort zone. It tells us to get going in a new direction. You have to be confident. Ask yourself, “What would a confident person do in this situation?” and then try it! The truth is, confidence rises in us when we do the thing(s) that scare us. It helps us to flex our courage muscles.
You are unique in your own way. You have your own distinctive potentials. Never doubt yourself! The best advice is from your own inner self. Take time to meditate, dream and discover what you what drives you. Bonnie Ware, the author of “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying” wrote that the dying biggest regret is “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” At the moment of your passing what would be your thoughts?
Have Fun With This Change
The path to a “big change” doesn’t have to be weighty, difficult and challenging. Your intuition should always be your guide. Simply put; pay attention to what drains you. Move away from that! Pay attention to what lightens your spirit. Do more of that. Because, in a few years to come you will look back and realize it was the fun, small steps that got you through to the achievements. Keep dreaming. Take action. You’ll get there. Make it a fun adventure!
I will leave you with this short poem by A.J Cronin
“Life is no straight and easy corridor along
which we travel free and unhampered,
but a maze of passages,
through which we must seek our way,
lost and confused, now and again
checked in a blind alley
But always, if we have faith,
a door will open for us,
not perhaps one that we ourselves
would ever have thought of,
but one that will, ultimately
prove good for us.”
I am the Founder and President of Young Leaders Arena. Formerly I was the Chief Editor and program co-ordinator at Walktall. Author of the upcoming Book; Success Recipe: Start up Tool-kit for exceptional business growth. I have written numerous articles on both leadership, business start up, entrepreneurship. I have served as thought leader in many societies and organisations, including the Forum on Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. I obtained my post graduate from the prestigious University of Port Harcourt. I also have a Bachelors from the Delta State University, Abraka. Twitter & Instagram: @Charlessholokwu