How change happens - Deepstash

How change happens

  1. You struggle with the decision to change. 
  2. You are finally ready to change. Something clicks for you.
  3. You start the shift, probably with some enthusiasm. 
  4. You find it harder or different than you thought and struggle a little.
  5. You stick with it and find some positive change.
  6. You get sidetracked but then come back again (or not).
  7. It becomes a part of your life.
  8. Things start to slip back until you refocus yourself. But at some point, many people slip back into their old habits.

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Recognizing the need for change

It’s a powerful skill to take a look at your life and see that you need to make a change. 

Often we know we need to change but don’t want to face it. The skill, then, is to get very honest with yourself and recognize that a change is needed, and then finding a way to flip the switch so that you’re committed and taking action.

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Taking the first steps

When you are ready to take action, get good at actually getting started. 

It doesn’t matter how you start — don’t get caught up in indecision and research. Instead, take action. 

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Encouraging yourself

You will get discouraged or lose motivation at some point. Get good at encouraging yourself over and over again instead of discouraging yourself.

Also, get good at noticing when you're finding reasons to stop and take action keep yourself on track.

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  • Not taking action can cost you an opportunity, or cost money and time as you delay.
  • People waiting for you to make a decision can get frustrated.
  • You can feel stress about your indecisiveness, and stress about how you’re making people wait.

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The Habit Dip

While pursuing a new habit, or eradicating an old one, we often experience a dip in motivation, focus and energy. This is due to many factors, like loss of motivation due to any internal or external difficulty, or getting sidetracked by life.

A habit dip is a temporary fall and can be a learning experience if we endure it.

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No matter what we tell ourselves, we are not committed fully towards most things. We tend to be different people, committing to change our diet, exercise or start on a certain goal, only to become someone different and get distracted, or simply procrastinate.

We are not fully committed to ourselves or even to other people.
We let ourselves and others down break promises, and this is affecting us and everyone around us.

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