5 Ways to Welcome Change
According to numerology, 2017 is a number one year. 2 + 0 + 1 + 7 = 10 = 1. Bring it on!
From a spiritual perspective, this is so exciting as we are in the year of creation, where number 1 is the primal force, at the beginning of the next nine-year cycle.
It is a time of change and new beginnings!
So, now is the perfect time to create a more meaningful life by recognizing the new potential within us, just waiting to be unleashed.
Look at 2017 as the year of new interests, experiences, goals, and understandings: about life, about you, where you have been, where you are now, and where you would like to be.
Looking for ways to welcome change? Here are some of the tips that might set you on your path.
1. Gain self-awareness – be critical, look at the past
It’s hard to think back a few weeks, never mind a whole year but by using our prompts like a calendar, photos, facebook, even bank statements, you will gain a picture of how your 2016 unfolded. Write down the highlights, the learnings, what inspired you and where you could have done better.
Notice what made your heart sing, when you felt your strongest, most confident or empowered.
Be honest and be critical, without beating yourself up. Just try to be as fair as possible, as though you are judging a friend.
2. Be open to learning, try different things
Once you have identified areas where you would like to apply the ways to welcome change, take action would be the first step. It’s no use wanting a healthy, toned body without understanding that this will incur some essential behavioural changes and possibly learning some new skills.
If you feel unfulfilled in a dead-end job, it might be the time to consider re-training or upskilling. The key is to be open. Do not let fear or excuses get in the way…. I just don’t have the time …… I’m too tired to take on anything else….. maybe that can wait till next year….
Same thing if you feel tired or sluggish all the time, maybe it’s time to assess your health seriously: diet, exercise and wellbeing.
3. Set goals
If you want to change something in your life, you will need to set a realistic goal as a means that will allow you to achieve it.
It is important when you set a goal, to make sure it’s authentic to you. Don’t set goals for the sake of it, because your mother suggests you need to get fitter or your partner thinks you’ll be happy with a new house. Make your goals from the heart and according to your values and beliefs, otherwise you are setting yourself up to fail.
When you believe in the goal you set, you will be motivated and excited to achieve it.
4. Change habits
According to B.J. Fogg, PhD, a social scientist and behaviour researcher at Stanford University, one of the fastest ways to welcome change is to know how to create habits. In his book Tiny Habits, Dr Fogg explains, by developing a small, simple habit everyday, we can then use those skills to create bigger, life changes.
Habit-forming can feed directly into your goals. These do not have to be big. For example, it could be as simple as walking an extra bus stop everyday to increase your steps, that contributes to a weight loss or fitness goal.
5. Change your environment
Sometimes the only way to de-stress or to view life from another perspective is by removing yourself from your environment and feed your mind, body and soul with something nurturing and new.
There’s a reason why the ‘wellness’ sector in tourism has been the fastest growth one. Escaping everyday life or the corporate treadmill has grown to demand more than simply sipping a G+T by the pool. People seeking for ways to welcome change are looking for ways to feed their soul, solutions that will benefit their health and a time to gain mental clarity.