Dealing with Change in 5 Easy Steps

Dealing with Change in 5 Easy Steps

Dealing with change is not always an easy thing to do for most people but without this necessary ‘evolution’ in our lives, how would we improve? Our aversion to changing many things in our lives stems from a natural fear of the unknown and it’s this fear that may be holding you back from experiencing MORE in many aspects of your life! The first step in dealing with an otherwise ‘traumatic’ shift in how we live, work or love is to recognize that change can be good and doesn’t need to be feared! Getting over our natural reluctance to make or accept changes is what we’re talking about here today!

To help ‘ease’ the discomfort associated with embracing changes in our lives, here are 5 simple steps to help you transition to something new and different! Remember, it’s usually for the better…

Seek Advice

Discuss with others your reluctance and listen to their objective feedback as to WHY you should consider changes! Listening to others helps introduce a degree of objectivity into your thinking and can even help you overcome your fear of the unknown, especially when others have already ventured into the ‘unknown’ and benefited! This is especially important since this fear is usually what is holding you back!

Look to the Positive

If you’re seeking change, there must be a reason, so emphasize the positive of what making any changes can do for you! It tends to be human nature to focus more on the negatives when making changes because, once again, we’re not really sure how these changes will affect us! As much as making things better is appealing, to anybody, it’s hard to escape the concern of what would the negative effects of any changes may be! Again, our feelings of fear and dread tend to dominate our thinking so be aware of this and control your thinking!

Let Go the Past

Perhaps the change you seek is to explore an alternate path from the one you’ve been on, and for possibly quite a while! It may be difficult to change your course due to the time and effort you’ve already invested and you just don’t want to simply walk away from it! Your commitment to your previous path although admirable, may be holding you back from making further progress or even reaching your goals! Let go of the past and focus only on the present and future because you can’t change what has already happened, you can only learn from it!

Take Action

Often times it is simply that first step that is the most difficult to take so be proactive when considering any changes! Once you’ve done your due diligence and determined the ‘new’ path you’re considering to be viable and an improvement over the path you’re currently taking, take action! By understanding that your new choice is the right choice for you, and of course that change can be good, go for it! Much like quickly removing a band-aid to minimize the discomfort, take swift and immediate action on changes you’re considering and before you know it, you’ll be glad you did!

Get Out of Your Own Way

Be aware of any self-doubt that lingers in your head and don’t let these feelings keep you from doing what you need to make improvements! Remember making changes is typically planned improvements from previous courses of action you had been taking so embrace it as such and move on, but don’t let your own self doubt sabotage your efforts to initiate any new plans! We all have internal conversations with ourselves, at least I do, it’s called self-talk and this ‘voice’ in our heads can be very critical at times! Don’t let your own self-talk, tempered by fear and/or doubt, to continue holding you back from taking chances or making decisions that could improve your circumstances or your life!

Dealing with change in any aspect of your life can be difficult simply because most people share a common fear of the unknown! Although this fear is understandable it can also be holding you back from developing further as a person or making other adjustments that may improve your current situation, be it personal or professional! Working through these fears does NOT have to be difficult and the 5 tactics discussed above will certainly help when you’re reluctant to making changes! The bottom line is this, although changes do represent the unknown, remember, change can be good, which is WHY you may be considering them in the first place! For things to change so must you otherwise expect and accept that things will remain as there are!

5 Mistakes Holding You Back From Being More Productive

5 Mistakes Holding You Back From Being More Productive

Are you aware your efforts to work hard may be holding you back from being more productive with your work day than you already are? That’s true! When you take the time to plan your day, as I’m sure you do, your mind should be on accomplishing the most important tasks and/or issues needing your attention! Perhaps however your focus on ‘grinding it out ‘ to get more done is hindering your efforts to accomplish more?

Here are 5 common YET noble mistakes many make, self included, that tend to holds us back from being more productive at work…

Overzealous To-Do List

When you plan your day be realistic with your expectations about what you have scheduled! It’s one thing to be ambitious however if you set goals that are out of your reach, aren’t you just wasting your time? When scheduling your work day it is wise to considered the time you have along with your own capabilities to actually complete everything on your list! Sure you think by overloading your work day schedule will help you get more done however having a huge list can also be a distraction that leads to frustration! How would you feel if you hardly completed a full list of scheduled priorities, pretty frustrated I’ll bet! Well this ‘continued’ frustration can easily lead to something worse such as you giving up, do you want that? Essentially you are setting yourself up for failure when you overload your day with too much to do!

Not Scheduling Breaks

Although breaks may seem, at least on the surface, to be non-productive, this could NOT be further from the truth! Understandably we don’t associate being more productive with planning breaks for ourselves but we can NOT expect to be at our best without taking occasional breaks to at least give our minds and eyes a rest! Why do you think people sleep every night, for lack of nothing better to do?

Sucking It Up

Working through breaks or skipping meals just to get more done is NOT a good idea although it is admirable because more mistakes are made due to both mental and physical fatigue. Think about this in terms of stock car racing in which the main intention of any racing team is focused on sticking to a schedule of ‘preventive’ stops for the car so it will continue to operate smoothly! These crew members want to avoid surprises and also want to be sure their vehicles are equipped and fueled so they will finish STRONG! Additionally, being hungry or tired can also promote a bit of haste to finish what you’re doing so you can satisfy your needs and this can also open the door to making mistakes! When hungry, eat, when tired, rest…pretty simple!

Multitasking

If you want to get the job done right than you need to focus on what you’re doing or your results will suffer and your use of time will not be efficient! Multi-tasking although it does make you feel much busier, is NOT the recommended course to take if being more productive is your ultimate goal! Switching back and forth between tasks not only disrupts your focus but it also wastes time! Tasks take longer to complete and surprise surprise, due to your fractured focus, mistakes tend to occur!

Perfection

Trying to be perfect is another admirable trait however it is NOT very realistic to always expect perfection! In fact always trying to get things to be ‘just so’ is a tremendous time suck that can literally drive you crazy! If you are serious about being more productive with your time than learn to accept results that are good enough to get the job done and forget trying to get perfect results! You’re only fooling and frustrating yourself……….

Are your own admirable work ethics holding you back from being more productive with your work day? As we explored above, even as you plan your day you ‘may’ be sabotaging your efforts to get more done simply by overlooking your primary source of productivity, YOU ! By overworking and under appreciating your own time and efforts, you may limit your ability to get more done due to your nitpicking and unrealistic expectations that will NOT get you to where you want to be! Work smarter!

Why Trying to be Perfect Sabotages Your Success

Why Trying to be Perfect Sabotages Your Success

Are you one of those people who are always trying to be perfect? If so, how’s that working out for you so far? Although it is admirable to possess such lofty standards, could it be that your ‘obsession’ with perfection is holding you back from being more productive and successful? As a home business entrepreneur, can you really afford to spend SO much time ‘fussing’ with or avoiding imperfections, especially when in most cases your less than perfect efforts will STILL get the job done?

If business success is what you seek perhaps ’embracing’ imperfection will allow you to get more done by NOT getting too hung up with everything being just so!

Embracing My Imperfection

Embracing My Imperfection. As I was training for a marathon the last few months, I got into the routine of listening to podcasts during the long …

With the understanding that your quest for perfection may in fact be holding you back, how is it that you can ‘train’ yourself to accept results that are less than perfect? Well the answer can be found in just one single word, conditioning! The following article discusses 4 simple strategies you can use to condition yourself into accepting that NOT everything you do needs to be absolutely perfect!

4 Ways to Embrace Imperfections

We all have imperfections. You may find these ideas helpful in accepting yourself just as you are—even when you don’t get everything right in relationships.

All this talk about being more accepting of imperfections in your efforts and in life is for a reason, being perfect or at least trying to be will only get in your way and hold you back! Let’s hear what Holly G has to say about our obsession with perfection and how it can and will keep you from achieving more in your business or life…

Trying to be perfect all the time will likely result in higher frustration levels while also making you less productive! The discussion(s) presented above take the stance that targeting perfection all the time can literally be holding you back from being more successful than you already may be! For those of you who aspire to be successful as business entrepreneurs good results are what you need but few results is what you’ll get when obsessing with things being always perfect! Embracing imperfection and accepting that sometimes good is good enough will allow you to get more done thus increasing your probability of success! In the end it appears that it is a wiser choice to simply focus less on being perfect and more on adding value when and where you can!

Does Excessive Thinking Sabotage Your Success?

Does Excessive Thinking Sabotage Your Success?

Excessive thinking commonly referred to as over-thinking is the result of an overly-active analytical mind that can often lead to self-doubt! Perfectionists are typically guilty of spending or wasting too much time on the details or possible ‘what if’s’ when trying to make a decision! When this type of delay occurs it often leads to missed opportunities which can obviously limit your success by holding you back from taking the necessary actions! Does this type of thinking hold you back as a small internet business owner?

The following short video will help you determine if your own thinking actually delays your decision making process thereby sabotaging your success!

 

If you experience excessive thinking traits such as some of those presented in the brief video above, you are certainly NOT alone! The good news is you are now aware of your overthinking and the fact that it opens the door to self-doubt which is likely holding you back from making more timely decisions while also disrupting your peace of mind! Your professional and private life are fast moving therefore so should be your ability for making decisions or taking action, but be careful NOT to get caught up overthinking your situations or decisions because both life and opportunities can be fleeting!

What Keeps Holding You Back From a Better Life?

What Keeps Holding You Back From a Better Life?

Do you aspire to a better life yet something keeps holding you back from taking the necessary steps to make this happen! You may want to build your own business, further your education or make other improvements that will enhance your life but yet you’re still reluctant to do what it takes to make things happen that will transform your aspirations into your reality? Watching life pass you by and seeing others enjoy the same things you want for yourself is like living in a silent hell! This is especially true when you get so damn entrenched in your comfort zone that even if you posses the ability to change things for the better, you still retreat back into the same life you so much want to change and/or escape! In this way you seem to be sabotaging not only your chances of success but also a life-style that will bring you joy and contentment! Well you’re not alone however if you don’t take measures to make things happen that will bring about the changes you seek or aspire to, you run the risk of watching life pass you by!

We all have our reasons for putting things off or NOT making the changes we need to make, even when capable of doing so, which brings us to this ‘wake up call’ in the following brief video featuring Amy Schmittauer!

 

As Amy so politely put it in the above video, you need to get off your ass and put aside any issues or reasons that are holding you back from improving your life! That’s right, no matter what may be keeping you from taking action on your dreams or aspirations, it is up to you to make things happen otherwise your dreams will remain just that, dreams! Your own reluctance to take action may result from certain fears such as the fear of success, failure or even the unknown, and this is why you may tend to retreat back into your comfort zone which ironically is the same situation your trying to escape! One thing is for certain however, unless you take that first step, be it successful or not, if you don’t try to make things happen to improve your life, nothing will change other than a growing regret that you never even tried in the first place! Just something to think about and take action on if you are so inclined…