Change Is Hard – How to Take the Leap
You’ve likely heard the saying that “change is hard.” You may also have heard the saying that “change is inevitable.” In fact, there are hundreds of quotes about change because it is a constant and often terrifying aspect of human life. Even when you’re the one who is initiating the change, it can still be difficult.
When you decide that you want to live well and simplify your life at the same time, it’s a positive change – but that still doesn’t make it any easier.
Understand That Change Is Hard
There are several reasons why we struggle with change. One of the most compelling reasons is that it usually means letting go. For example, if you decide to simplify your life, that decision may come with a realization that you need to downsize your home or move to a less expensive community. You have to let go of the home that you have right now.
Letting go is difficult for many people. It’s easy to become attached to a current situation even when you know you’re moving to something more positive. That’s another reason why change is so difficult; there is the element of the unknown.
You may be fearful of a new situation not working out the way you’d hoped or planned. There’s risk with change. For example, even if your long list of positives outweigh the potential negatives of moving to a smaller home, the unknown elements can be terrifying.
The risks and the need to let go can prevent you from making change – from living a life that may be more rewarding, fulfilling, and happier. So what do you need to do to take the leap?
Have a Vision
One of the most important elements of success is a concrete vision of what you want your future to look like. Take time to visualize what living well means to you. Evaluate what you currently have that supports your vision and get rid of the rest. Eliminate anything that doesn’t fit into your idea of living well. Document that vision. Write it down and keep it handy. Consider creating a vision board so you can see your future and embrace it every day.
Live Like It Is Already True
Start behaving as if you’ve already made the changes and are living your envisioned life. This changes your mindset and makes it much easier to take positive steps. You’ll feel confident about change rather than fearful of it.
Finally, tell people about the changes that you’re making and what you are working toward. Surround yourself with people who support you and help you feel positive about your future. Living well is about filling your life with experiences and people that make you feel nourished, happy, and fulfilled.