5 Tips for Making a Big Positive Change in Your Life

Are you feeling like you need to make a change in your life for the better?  Are you feeling overwhelmed with where to start and what to do?  Continue reading to learn about 5 tips for how to make a big positive change in your life.

Start Small
Whatever it is you want to achieve, break it down into the smallest possible actions. Don’t begin a running program by attempting to run 5 miles the first day. Just start by putting on your shoes and getting out the door and run for 5 minutes. Make it profoundly easy to accomplish your new action at the beginning. Do this for several days before increasing your time. Build up to your optimum time for your new behavior very slowly over a period of weeks. Source: LiveBoldandBloom

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
Some people are more prone than others to get stuck in the comfort of routine and familiarity. Regardless of your inhibitions or fears of change, humans need variety to be happy. You should practice this on a small scale on a daily basis as well as on a larger scale.

  • Try to do something you’ve never done every single day. Go to a show you’ve never been to, talk to a new person, eat something new, and so on. You never know when you’ll discover something or somebody who will end up making a life-changing impact on you.
  • Pick up a new hobby or travel to a new place. If you play an instrument or a sport of any kind, push yourself above and beyond what you would normally do. Run that extra mile, take a different trail when hiking, and explore new artistic styles. Source: WikiHow

Reconnect With People
Turn off your social media for a week and insert a “no text message” policy. People think they know everything that’s going on in your life because they see what you post on Facebook or Twitter — so they rarely call to see how you’re doing or even ask when they bump into you in person. Spend a week dialing phone numbers of people you haven’t see in a while or heard their voice. Say you’re calling for no reason other than to see how they are really doing. Source: HuffingtonPost

Let Go of a Grudge
Un-forgiveness is like drinking poison hoping the other person will die. It is only hurting ourselves and chances are the other person probably has long forgotten the wrongdoing. You don’t have to speak to them, you can write a letter and not mail it. It is a way to release something that is sucking energy from us. Source: InvigoratedSolutions

Let Go of Limiting Beliefs
“[M]any people believe deep down that they are limited in ways they are not,” This can prevent people from pursuing positive changes in the first place.  For instance, he worked with a young woman who believed she wasn’t smart enough to earn a college degree because of her poor grades in high school. She realized that those low grades were actually more of “a reflection of a lack of effort and commitment than her capacity to learn.”  Relinquishing that false belief helped her refocus on her education.  Identifying your personal limiting beliefs can be tricky. “[Yo]u have to think about how you think about yourself … If you experience a great deal of difficulty doing so, a brief course of therapy would help rather quickly.” Source: PsychCentral

Hopefully, these tips will help you to start making a positive change in your life. If you`d like more information about life-changing ideas as well as counselling services contact us here.

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