Making Changes

December 21, 2015

When deciding that a change in your life is necessary, how do you go about making it happen?  What is involved in the effort; is it a simple or complex, time consuming or a quick fix, impacting only you or others as well?  Is it prompted by personal desire or necessity based on circumstances?  Knowing what is not working, how you would like things to be and forecasting how your decisions may play out are all key components to achieving your goal of making successful changes.

Whether deciding to take charge of your health, end a rocky marriage or close the doors on a failing multi-generational business, thought and strategy is necessary.  This aspect of the change process will increase the probability of engaging in more thoughtful and deliberate manner, even when the emotions are running high. 

Many people wind up in situations that, down the road, resemble the very thing they previously changed.  This happens when the initial change does not include consideration of existing patterns.  When not examined, understood and addressed, these patterns lay dormant within yet eventually reappear.  The success of long-term change requires these efforts otherwise the pull of people’s past patterns will creep up and likely be repeated, despite previously attempts to change.   

Gifting yourself the time to examine what changes you want to make is highly recommended.  Typically people want the changes to happen overnight but the reality, as we all know, is that it’s not always possible.  So as the year comes to a close and society tells us that it’s time to make resolutions for the new year, please take some time to think about what you might want to change.  Think about a strategy and allow yourself the necessary time to effectively plan it out.  The deadline is not 12:01 am on January 1, 2016, despite what you might think.  The time is when you have done your homework and believe that you are ready to move forward with the effort of making changes.  

Best wishes for a very happy and healthy 2016!