As human beings, it’s almost like we’re hardwired to resist change. So you shouldn’t feel bad if you find it hard to change–even when you know that changing is what’s best. We all have our reasons for resisting change. Some of us are afraid to fail, some of us feel we don’t have to time or energy. Maybe reframing the way we look at change can enable us to be inspired by change.
All or Nothing
For the lucky few who can dive head-first into change–we’re all jealous. But for the rest of us who struggle with adapting to change, we shouldn’t be discouraged!
In regard to change, the best piece of advice I can give it to take baby steps. By processing change in increments, it becomes less overwhelming. Having an all-or-nothing mindset can actually cause more resistance to change.
Whether your “change” is working out more, eating better, focusing on mental health, or putting more effort into relationships, sometimes your first plan of action isn’t what’s best for you (by the way, that’s okay). To stay inspired by change, let’s change the way we think about it.
Reframing Our Thoughts
So I’ve said it twice now; we need to change the way we think about change. But how?
In order to do this, we first need to understand that not being good at our “change” initially, is okay! Understanding this is sooo important. For example, let’s say the change we want to make is to work out more. Our first attempt to change is to work out five days a week, for an hour. This doesn’t work. (again, THAT’S OKAY) Instead of getting discouraged by failing, this is where we revise and try again. Maybe this time, our goal is to work out three days a week, for 30 minutes.
This is what I mean by baby steps–slowly integrate change into your life.
Whatever change you decided to make was chosen because it’s an improvement that you want. So keep at it!
Written by GUADS staff member Toni