* Do you want to make positive changes in your life? This change could relate to your family life, career or finances, for example?
* Do you find that you procrastinate and struggle with getting started or staying the course?
What hinders a smooth transition in any area of our life is usually our resistance to change.
Therefore the most significant barrier to positive change is our resistance to it.
First of all, I want to commend you for wanting to move out of the status quo. I know that due to resistance, you struggle right now.
- Does this relate to you?
You want change, growth or move on to the next level in your life at the same time you fear succeeding.
Resistance comes from the Latin word resistere, which means to hold back.
Therefore, my intention in this article is to share eight ways to stop holding back and go for what you want with the least resistance possible.
In the blog article entitled: "How To Pave Your Path To Positive Change Successfully" I shared through a case study that you can use resistance to positive change as feedback. I have brought to your awareness that resistance is what might be holding you back.
You might identify your resistance as fear: fear of the unknown, uncertainty, taking a risk, making a mistake, things not working out, evolvement. You might identify your resistance as your unwillingness to apply yourself because you believe it will be hard work.
Action leads to both courage and confidence.
Below are the eight steps you can apply to break through the barrier of resistance to positive change:
Step #1: The first step to breaking through resistance to change is to identify the reason why you resist it in the first place.
One of my coachees believed that change was not always comfortable. Therefore she did not feel ready to experience any discomfort change might bring.
- What is your belief about change?
Is it, for example, that it is not worth it because it is too much upheaval? Or do you believe that you will not be able to make it work etc.?
Step #2: The second step to break through the barrier to positive change is to change your perception.
Exercising your flexibility muscles allows change to emerge as something positive and not a burden. The result you get will depend upon how you view change. With change comes the opportunity to let go of the old and create something new.
An exponential view of change gives different results compared to one of regression. Have there been times in your life when you resisted change, then when it happened, you realised its benefits, and you would not have it any other way?
Step #3: Accept change for what it is.
There are both expected and unexpected changes. The positive change I relate to here is the one you consciously decide to create in your life.
With the desire for change, you must also accept the highs and lows and the obstacles along the way that test your commitment, perseverance and resilience.
Accept change as a new opportunity for growth. You might not see it straight away, but I can assure you that a positive outcome will come out of it.
Step #4: Build confidence that you can adapt to change.
To assure your success introduce change in increments and be consistent. Let go of your belief that it will not be easy and stick to your vision instead. Moving out of the status quo is a test of perseverance and resilience.
To move into action, you need to shift your thinking and behaviour by fully committing to your vision and doing whatever it takes to realise it.
Step #5: The fifth step is to increase your clarity.
It is harder to create positive change in a state of confusion. Therefore, you need to be clear about what you desire and be willing to commit to it.
In other words:
- What would replace the old?
- What is the new thing awaiting your creation?
Keep working on your vision and move towards it one step at a time.
Step #6: Introduce new habits gradually to ease the transition to what you desire.
Until now, you are stuck in specific habits which cause your dissatisfaction. It's time to shake these habits to take your life to the next level.
Step #7: Do not be afraid of reinventing yourself.
The new door opening could be a real opportunity to reinvent yourself. Perhaps your life has been rather dull to date, and it’s time to spice it up, reignite your values and passions.
Step #8: The eighth step is to break through the barrier to positive change is to make peace with change.
It has probably created anxiety, stress or even overwhelms. However, it’s time to make peace with change and turn your attention to what the future will bring.
My intention in this article is to draw a whole new picture for you on the subject of positive change. You now have life-changing tools you can use to make it happen.
Key steps to accelerate your success:
Here is a recap of the eight ways you can break through the barrier to positive change and make the transition to it easier:
Step #1: Identification - Identify the reason why you resist change in the first place.
Step #2: Perception - Change your perception. Remember Wayne Dyer’s quote: "When you change the way your look at things, the things you look at change."
Step #3: Acceptance - Accept change for what it is.
Step #4: Confidence - Build the confidence that you can adapt to change.
Step #5: Clarity - Become increasingly clear about what you desire to create.
Step #6: Habits - Introduce new habits gradually.
Step #7: Reinvention - Do not be afraid to reinvent yourself.
Step #8: Peace - Make peace with change.
- Discover The Truth About Change
- Life Change Roadmap Series - Part 1
- Life Change Roadmap Series - Part 2
- Life Change Roadmap Series - Part 3
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- How To Pave Your Path To Positive Change Successfully
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