In life, we all go through ups and downs. There are times when everything seems to be going our way, and there are times when it feels like the world is against us.
If you’re feeling stuck in a rut and don’t know how to change your life, don’t worry – you’re not alone. In this article, we will discuss 10 powerful steps that will help you change your life completely!
Step #1 – Decide to Change Your Life
The first step to changing your life is deciding that you want to change it. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s actually the most important step. Without the decision to change, you will never take action and make the necessary changes in your life.
In other words, changing your life means making some tough decisions. So, how badly do you want to change your life? And what are you willing to do – and to give up – to make it happen?
If your answer is “not that badly” or “I’m not sure,” then you probably won’t be successful in changing your life. But if your answer is a resounding “Yes! I’m ready to make some changes!” then you’re on the right track.
Step #2 – Learn to Embrace Discomfort
One of the biggest reasons why people don’t change their lives is because they’re too comfortable. They’re used to their current situation – even if it’s not a good one – and they’re afraid of change, even if that change could improve their lives significantly.
If you want to change your life, you need to learn to embrace discomfort. That means getting used to the idea of being uncomfortable and learning to cope with it. It might mean leaving your comfort zone and trying new things, but it will be worth it in the end.
Step #3 – Identify Why You Want to Change Your Life
The first two steps are all about getting yourself mentally prepared for change. But if you want to actually make changes, you need to have a clear idea of why you’re doing it. What are your goals? What do you hope to achieve?
Without a clear goal in mind, it’s easy to get sidetracked or give up altogether. So take some time to think about what you want to achieve. Once you have a goal in mind, you can start working on a plan to make it happen.
Step #4 – Define the Changes You Want to Make
Now that you know why you want to make changes in your life, it’s time to start defining what those changes will be. Do you want to change your career? Your relationship status? Your living situation?
Think about the areas of your life that you’re unhappy with and make a list of the changes you want to make. Be as specific as possible.
Anything is possible. Take it from Madonna who once said, “No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.”
Step #5 – Identify Things That May Hold You Back
In order to make changes in your life, you need to identify the things that might hold you back from achieving your goals.
For example, if you want to get in shape but don’t have a gym membership, not having access to workout equipment could be holding you back. If you’re trying to save money but find yourself spending impulsively, not having a budget could be what’s standing in your way.
Take some time to think about the things that might be holding you back from making the changes you want to see in your life. Once you’ve identified them, you can start working on finding solutions.
Step #6 – Choose Your “One Thing”
After you’ve identified the areas of your life that need improvement, it’s time to choose the “one thing” you’re going to focus on.
You can’t work on everything at once, so it’s important to pick the area that’s most important to you and start there.
For example, if you want to get out of debt, your “one thing” might be to start a budget and stick to it.
If you want to improve your health, your “one thing” might be to start exercising three times a week.
Remember, you can always come back and work on other areas later. But for now, choose the one thing that will have the biggest impact on your life and make it your priority.
Step #7 – Set a SMART Goal
Now that you’ve decided on your “one thing,” it’s time to set a goal. But not just any goal – a SMART goal.
SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely.
- Specific: Your goal should be clear and specific, otherwise you won’t be able to focus on it.
- Measurable: You need to be able to track your progress to know if you’re achieving your goal.
- Achievable: Your goal should stretch you slightly, but still remain achievable.
- Realistic: Make sure your goal is realistic – if it’s not, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.
- Timely: Set a deadline for your goal so that you can stay on track.
For example, a SMART goal might be to pay off $5000 of debt in one year. Or to save $200 per month for a rainy day fund.
Whatever your goal is, make sure it meets the criteria above.
Step #8 – Prepare for the Storms
No matter how well you plan, there will always be bumps in the road. Life happens – that’s just the way it is.
The key is to be prepared for when those storms come.
What I mean by that is to have a plan for when things go wrong.
For example, let’s say your goal is to save $200 per month.
But then you get laid off from your job.
What’s your plan?
Do you have an emergency fund to cover your expenses for a few months?
Do you have a side hustle that you can rely on for some extra income?
Think about what could go wrong and have a plan for when it does.
Step #9 – Get Your Friends and Family on Board
One of the most difficult things about making a major change in your life is that you often have to go it alone.
Your friends and family are usually stuck in their own routines and don’t understand why you’re trying to make a change.
They may even try to talk you out of it!
That’s why it’s important to get them on board with your plans.
Sit down with them and explain what you’re trying to do and why it’s important to you.
Let them know that you still value their opinion but that you need their support.
Step #10 – Go the Distance
Making a complete life change is not easy. It’s going to take time, effort, and dedication.
If you’re trying to figure out how to change your life in 30 days, you’re going to struggle to make a meaningful change.
The best way to make a lasting change is to take it one day at a time.
Focus on making small changes each day and eventually, those changes will add up to a complete life transformation.
If you’ve read through this list and found that you resonated with a few of the steps, start there. Begin making small changes in your life and see how they make you feel.
Over time, as you continue to work on yourself, these changes will compound and before you know it, your entire life will have changed for the better. How has changing your daily habits improved your life? Let us know in the comments below.