Stop, Drop, and Roll: How To Ready Yourself For Change 

Even though there isn’t a formula for change, I can offer some suggestions and some advice on how I got from where I was to where I am now…

Stop being afraid.
It’s so easy to be scared. Believe me, I know how much courage it takes to willingly choose to change. It really can be terrifying, the thought of changing your life, of changing yourself. I honestly think it was that fear that held me back for so long. I knew I needed change. I could sense something that needed to be different in my life, but I was so afraid. If you really want to change, you have to stop being afraid. You have to take whatever fear you’re experiencing and just let it go. As you can probably guess, this is not easy — but it is the only way to really prepare yourself to change.
Drop your old ways. 
Sounds so obvious, right? If you don’t like how your life is, just stop doing what you’re doing, right? If you have ever tried to stop your habits or break your routines, you know just how difficult this can be. In theory it sounds so great, but it can be really, really hard to change things and to make choices that are different from those you’d made in the past. It was nearly impossible for me to alter some of my habits when I decided that I needed to change and it certainly didn’t happen over night. It took a long time – probably years if you count all of those failed attempts from the past – to get where I am right now, but I know with absolute certainty that I would not be here if I hadn’t changed my old ways.
Roll with the punches.
As I mentioned in the first step, change can be really scary. Most people don’t like it at all, especially when it’s hard. For this reason, you have to to learn to let go of your preconceived notions of what “should” be and live in the moment. Rolling with the punches isn’t always easy, but it’s the only way to really accept change in your life. The whole go-with-the-flow thing didn’t come easily to me (still doesn’t sometimes!), but it’s definitely an essential attitude to have when it comes to changing.
As we all know, change can be so brutal sometimes. It’s hard to face it when it’s forced upon us, but it can be even more difficult when we’re trying to implement it ourselves. At that point, change becomes a choice and, for that reason, it’s something we can so easily avoid or give up on. Changing yourself is really hard work and these three steps are only the beginning. They are only small bits of advice to help you ready yourself for change. Around this time of year, people are thinking a lot about change, about making resolutions and changes. Recognize that change is hard, but you really do have the ability to change anything in your life. What it really comes down to, or at least what it came down to for me was being ready. If you are not ready for it, you won’t change. But if you are ready…well, you have the amazing ability to turn your whole life upside down…
How do you ready yourself for change?
What advice do you have for those who want to make changes? 

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