By Nicole Tinkham
Change is something we talk about a lot and not just because it’s a natural part of life but also because we believe you deserve to live your best life. When getting to that point, change must happen. You’ve heard it before but listen up one more time! Let this soak in. Nothing will change unless you are willing to make a change. So if you’re unhappy with where you’re at in life, you can’t just sit around and wait for something better to come along. Maybe it will and maybe it won’t, there’s no telling. What we do know however, is that you’ll be waiting around for awhile. But if you take ACTION you can start living that dream life much sooner. Not to be a Debbie downer but life really is too short to be wasted doing something you’re not passionate about. It sounds like a no-brainer but we also realize that change is one of the most difficult things you will ever face in life. Change is all about stepping out of your comfort zone, trying something different, and taking a huge risk. Sometimes it’s not even about making the decision to change. Change can pop up without warning and we somehow have to navigate through it without any prior planning. That’s not easy either! We tend to stress out over these new events but we encourage you to EMBRACE change and start living a better life. Here’s how.
1. Take action.. with your thoughts first
Of course we want you to take action on your goals and dreams right away. Pushing them aside will only push your happiness further away. You’ll forget about what your dreams are and you’ll continue to live the same life you’ve been living. However, when making huge life changes we do want you to give it some thought. Rushing into something before you feel confident in your decision could end badly. Instead, take action on your thoughts. Really think about what you want out of life. Consider your priorities before jumping into anything and make a plan of how you’ll begin. Taking these things into consideration is your pre-action action plan. You aren’t rushing into anything but you are moving forward.
2. Take it one day at a time
Thinking about your future, living a life you’ve always dreamed of is exciting. But thinking about how you’ll get there can be overwhelming. Instead of attempting to take everything on at once, just take it one day at a time. You don’t have to rush into anything. Take your time and keep moving forward. You will get there!
3. Be flexible
Go into change (whether it’s a decision you’ve made or something unexpected) with an open mind. Be flexible and just roll with whatever comes your way. Yes, a disruption in your normal routine will be difficult to work around but it’ll be even more difficult if you try to fight it. Make the most of this journey you’re on. Learn from it, grow from it, and allow yourself to change for the better. When things get tough take a look at the bigger picture. What will overcoming this struggle do for your future?
4. Surround yourself with supporters
To pursue anything new in life it’s important to have supporters by your side that push you toward your goals rather than hold you back. It won’t be easy but you’ll know when it’s time to cut ties with certain people in your life. Remember why you’re making this change and how important it is for you to move forward. The people who you spend the most time with should HELP, not hurt your success.
5. Stay positive
The more bitter you are towards a new situation, the worse the situation will get. Always take a look at the bright side. Remember that whatever you’re going through right now is for a reason. There are INCREDIBLE things in your future, but sometimes you have to go through stormy days to get there. Your self talk also has a huge impact on your success. Quit being so hard on yourself and remind yourself of how amazing you really are!
There are so many different changes you’ll face in life. Some are crazy scary, some are unexpected, some you’ve been planning for awhile now, and others will take you on a path you never dreamed you’d be on. No matter what type of change it is, there’s always opportunity for great things to happen. As I’m writing this, we are going through some big changes here at Keeton’s. Today’s the big day when we get to finally use our new phone systems. The customer service department just received boxes to pack up their belonging and head over to their newly redesigned space to make room for a brand new EPIC art studio where we’ll host art workshops. The new art space will seriously blow your mind. Of course, the best things in life take time and we aren’t there yet but stay tuned for updates! We know how difficult change can be but hang in there and you will see some incredible things happen.
Tell us, what big CHANGES are you currently going through? Drop a comment below 🙂