If you are like me then you will always be looking for ways to be better, in many areas of your life. I work at my professional role, my home life, my relationships and my health. If I want to improve anything it requires change, and as we all know change is tough!
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein
It is no big surprise to anyone that wanting to make changes, and being successful at those changes are a world apart! As anyone who has failed in their attempts to quit smoking, or lose weight can tell you. I would go so far as to say that most of us will fail at implementing change most of the time, BUT if we truly want to get better we need to find a way!
Effecting change in your life, whether it is as simple as committing to more exercise or as complex as making a career change or starting a business, is hard! Here are three principles to apply if you want to be successful at implementing change in your life.
Consciously create new routines… the mere act of creating routines will work with your brain, not against it.
Keep it simple… take the “eating an elephant” approach, one bite at a time.
Have a plan… not just a goal, but a plan with action items to help you reach that goal.
It is easier to make small changes and create new routines, than to make BIG changes in your life in one go. If you can make multiple small changes over time, that together add up to meeting your goal, then you will be far more likely to succeed.
“If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes backbone to lead the life you want.” Richard Yates
It is important that when we “fail” to achieve the change we want, we don’t just give up. The right answer is to adjust the plan and try again.
“Fall down seven times. Stand up eight!” Japanese proverb.
Change becomes easier when we see success from our efforts. By having smaller goals, and making incremental changes you will see small successes and can use them for motivation.