So maybe you have overcome or are working on overcoming a flawed mindset and may have even overcome some barriers to change. Now comes the hard part. Maintaining the change that you have worked so hard to make. This in of itself can be a monumental task. Here are a few things that you can do to maintain your change.
Reset if necessary. It is almost inevitable that you will slip back into old habits. Do not become discouraged. You are more than capable of making whatever changes that you desire to make. Remember this as you reset and continue those changed behaviors that you have already began to implement in order to reach your ultimate goal. Try not to dwell on your setback. Just move forward and try again.
Anticipate challenging areas. The best way to achieve success is to know where your challenges lie. If you know that you always eat unhealthy foods for lunch when you are at work, pack you a healthier lunch so that you do not even have to be tempted to buy something unhealthy. Or if your goal is to journal or meditate or anything else that requires time that you feel you currently don’t have, try to wake up earlier and do whatever your goal is before you begin your day. The goal is to see what could possibly present a challenge and plan around it.
Maintain positive attitude. Let’s face it. Change is not easy – especially when whatever you are trying to change is something that has become a habit. Stay positive. Remember why you decided to make this change and keep that in mind as you maintain your changed behavior. Try your best to be kind to yourself and be mindful of your self-talk. You can make and maintain your desired change!
What would you add to this list? Comment below with what you has helped you sustain any changes you have made.
I have always believed that feelings of restlessness or discontent were signs that some sort of shift was about to occur. I have been feeling this a lot lately – in many areas of my life. From re-examining my personal goals to even my re-examining the direction of this blog, I have had a heightened level of anxiety whenever I considered the different levels of change that was needed for me to get to where I wanted to be. It was such an odd feeling. Wanting to do more but almost feeling stuck when it came to doing what needed to be done to see a significant change.
Change can be hard. For some, significant change can seem impossible. During this series on change we will be talking about different aspects of change and how we can overcome whatever may be preventing us from making significant change. People seek to make one of several types of changes to include changes to their financial situation, changes in their jobs, changes in their diet, changes in their lifestyle, the list goes on and on.
Let us look at why making changes can be so hard for some people.
Being afraid. Oftentimes people desire changes but are apprehensive about how that change will look. Some of us take such comfort in what is known – our routines, our habits, our jobs – that we will stay where we are instead of changing. Snuggling in and getting comfortable in your comfortable zone will make real change virtually impossible. The unknown of how life will be once the change comes or being unsure if the change can be maintained can make some of us unable to take that first step towards change.
No motivation – There are times when people may desire change but have no real desire to do what is necessary to make that change. Many things can contribute to the lack of motivation, but this lack of motivation can make it hard to move forward toward any type of meaningful change.
No clear goals. It is extremely hard to get motivated to make a change if you have no clear goals. You may feel as if you want or even need to make a change but if you do not have a clear vision of what you want that change to look like then you will always feel like nothing is changing. Attempting change with no set goals will result in you always trying to change but always being disappointed because you do not have clear enough goal to know when have achieved it.
Pride. There are times that you may need to make a change, but your pride keeps you from doing so. Not wanting to admit that change is needed can keep you from the change that you may so desperately need to change your life.
What other barriers would you add to this list?
In the next few blog posts we will be talking about different things people often need to change. As we discuss and you determine whether they apply to you, keep these barriers to change in mind and check to see whether you are guilty of any of these. And if you find that you are guilty of some of these, do not be so hard on yourself. Just make the necessary adjustments and try again to make that change.
Join me next time as we discuss changing your mindset.