I realize it’s almost cliche to say this, but with a new year comes wonderful opportunities to embark on change.
While some of us get formal with new years resolutions, others are just inspired to do something different to commemorate the resetting of the calendar to 0101.
Regardless of our motivation, new beginnings offer opportunities to adjust aspects of our lives that could use some tweaking. And what’s better for a new beginning than the start of a fresh new year?
Getting change to stick can be elusive.
And so we’ve decided to make a change. We might have thought about this change for a while, perhaps even preparing for it using some of the ideas presentedin last month’s posts. Or, we may have decided to throw caution to the wind, making an impulse decision inspired in the moment.
Our choice of change might be something we’ve attempted before but didn’t stick. Sadly, the statistics for successful new year’s resolutions aren’t stellar: A 2013 Forbes article stated that just 8% of us achieve our new year’s resolutions.
The article goes on to list some practical ways to help boost our potential for success, and many of them you’ve likely heard before: Create a vision board or do something to keep your goals in front of you; make it something specific, achievable and measurable. Things like that.
But I have a slightly different take on the whole getting our change to stick idea, which will be the focus of this month’s topic, “How To Step Fully Into Change.”
What it takes to fully step into change.
Take a test drive.
In the coming weeks, we’ll explore ideas such as Test Driving the Change before determining whether or not to fully commit to it.
We’ll also talk about how full commitment is crucial for successful change. But there’s a lot more to committing than saying “I fully commit to this change.” We’ll delve into that too.
With commitment comes intention. Or is it the other way around?
Being intentional with our change can help us to keep our commitment to it, but intention without commitment is nothing more than a bunch of busywork.
We’ll take a look at ways we can be intentional while we’re still deciding whether or not to fully commit, so that if or when the time comes, we’ll be ready to move forward with our eyes wide open.
And if we decide not to go for if after all, we’ll have a better understanding of why and what it will take if we choose to move forward at a later time.
When we make the decision to change, sometimes doors open quickly and widely, and all obstacles fade by the wayside.
Other times, anything and everything that could possibly get in the way of our ability to maintain forward momentum surfaces with the seeming desire to derail our focus.
Is it a test? Or maybe it’s a sign telling us we’ve made a mistake and should give up.
Sometimes there really are signs that we’ve made a mistake. But more often than not, obstacles are merely manifestations of fears and concerns we’ve had all along. Things we “knew” would be problematic before we even got started.
We’ll touch-upon some ways to minimize the fears in favor of progress, and to refresh our view of what and how we prioritize differently so we're not so easily thrown off track by life's many distractions and disruptions.
Create a new identity.
Finally, we’ll examine the prospect of changing our identity to align with our change. And no, I don’t mean ditching our name in favor of something more mysterious and sexy (although it's fun to think about, isn't it?).
Making the decision to change just isn’t enough to get us to where we want to go. We have to be it to see it.
And that takes us full circle to what it means to fully commit, or step-into our change.
So stay tuned for a fun month ahead.
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Megan Rounds, Ed.D. is owner and principle perculator of perculcha, llc.
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