The decision to make a positive change in your life is always momentous. You have, after much reflection, decided that something you are currently doing is negatively impacting your overall health or well-being. Now, it’s time to say goodbye. Whether it’s quitting smoking, making more time to relax, or starting an exercise regime, you’re confident that you’ve made a decision that is going to greatly benefit you in the future.
Unfortunately, countless people decide to make a change, but relatively few then follow through and achieve a change that is built to last – despite the best of intentions, the change doesn’t quite “stick”. If you intend to make a positive life change in future, you can hopefully avoid a misfire, and ensure that your change is a permanent one by following the preparatory steps listed below…
Step #1: Tell people you’re intending to make a change
In fact, tell as many people as you possibly can – friends, family members, medical professionals, even acquaintances. The more people you inform of your decision, the higher the number of opportunities for support.
Step #2: Check your change is safe
If you’re intending to make a small positive change – such as getting up earlier in the morning – then you can usually skip this step. However, if you’re intending to make a change related to your health – such as quitting smoking, exercising more, or radically changing your diet – then a chat with a medical professional is generally advisable. Not only will your doctor be able to confirm your intended change is positive, but they may also be able to provide you with a few tips that can ease the process.
Step #3: Do your research
Ideally, look for accounts written by those who have successfully completed the change you are attempting, looking to pick up tips that you may find useful to your own experience.
Step #4: Look for ways to make the change easier to deal with
No matter how enthused you are about any significant life change, there will be a time in the not-too-distant future where your enthusiasm will inevitably wane. As a result, it’s helpful to look to see if there is anything you can do to make adhering to the change as simple as possible. If you’re quitting smoking, you could opt to buy an e-cigarette and vape packs in an effort to control cravings; if you’re hoping to exercise more, invest in at-home gym equipment; if you’re looking to eat more healthily, see if you can bulk buy ingredients to save you the hassle of shopping – and so on.
Step #5: Set your date
Often, people are told that if they want to make a change, they should make it today – but, at best, the results of a sudden change can be unpredictable. It is usually best to schedule your change a few days in advance, so you can be fully mentally prepared when the big day finally arrives.
If you follow the preparation steps as listed above, you should find that your positive life change will “stick”, and you will thus be able to enjoy the benefits for many years to come.