Have you the strength to adapt to change?
It takes 3 weeks to replace an old habit, however, if you embrace change, you will find hope and you can start looking forward to a bright future.
Change is not as easy as you may believe. If you have ever tried to give something up you will appreciate that it takes a huge amount of will power and dedication. When it comes to change in yourself or in your life, it requires a lot of will power, self-responsibility and dedication.
You may be asking why?
This is because the change or changes you wish to implement are things you have know and lived with for a long time; they have in fact become part of your life and habit forming.
I can hear you saying, why do I need to make changes?
Well most of the time it is because you are starting to realize that you are not happy or you feel restricted. Or it could be that someone has pointed something out to you, which you did not realize.
It takes 3 weeks to replace an old habit and a further 9 weeks for the new habit to become second nature. With that in mind, do you now that for the first few weeks you will have to keep pulling yourself into line. However, the important thing to remember is that in 12 weeks you will become a pro at your new way of life.
The truth is you should be able to change yourself or your life within a few days. However, it will all depend on your attitude, your commitment, and the fact that you are totally honest with yourself, another important fact to remember is that you should not change yourself to please others, unless you feel totally comfortable and happy and you feel the change will benefit you
If you are not 100% sure that you want to change, then you will surely fail, if it is an emotional issue or a physical issue and if you are not 100% sure, than you may come to regret it. Remember follow your head not your heart.
So how do you accept change?
For the most part, change is an acceptance issue, you will have to deal with the change throughout your life, this could be because you are getting older, moving house, changing jobs, losing loved ones, you could get sick and you get stuck in a rut. All these are issue you have to accept.
This is where change comes in.
How you adapt to change, and how you react to the change will determine how smoothly that transition occurs.
Here are some basic ways to help you through the change process.
Believe you have what it takes. You have the strength to meet your change. You all receive this birth right. However, the only way to find your strength is to accept the change and face your fear of change.
Get your inspiration from others. However, make sure you are changing for yourself. It is fine to look to others for tips or inspiration but change for yourself not for others.
Learn from your past. If you look back at your life, you will see that there has been many changes, and in fact some you may not have noticed. Now ask yourself some questions. What got me to change then? What skills did I use to deal with the changes? How did I feel after I changed? What have I learned from that experience that I can use again?
Start to let go.
You have to let something go, in order to bring a new change in to your life, you will have to let go of something your grown accustomed to. For example, if you want to start your own business you will have to give up your paid job. If you what to get healthier you are going to have to let go of the pleasure you get from eating the wrong things. No matter how much you may want to fight this truth, change means giving up one in order to get something else.
Start to take responsibility.
The most important element for a successful change is commitment. You have to accept that you can and will change, and that the choice to do so is up to you. You may not be able to control the outcome and you may have to make adjustments in your plans, but there is no one to blame if you do not make the change.