How many times have you considered change, decided to give it a go, and realized that it’s not as easy as you thought it was going to be? If you’ve got an established business, with established habits, practices and beliefs, you’re not going to be able to change these overnight. It’s going to take time.
When it comes to change, a big part of your success will be based in understanding what to expect and how to navigate the hurdles. Let’s look at a few:
1) Get Clear on What You Want
If you’re not completely sure that you want to change, believe me, it’s not going to happen for you. There are countless examples of this out in the world – people setting goals, getting part way there and quitting. Then they go about looking for another way because “that last one didn’t work”. Not even the very best of strategies will work for you if you don’t want it badly enough. Your core desire to change must be greater than the hurdles you will encounter along the way. Only then will you have the commitment you require to succeed.
2) Change Takes Time
One of the key challenges with change is that people expect it to happen quickly. It always takes longer than anticipated. There are many unforeseen things that affect the bigger picture and cause distractions or delays in your plan. Be sure that you’re not giving up too early. Whatever amount of time you expect it to take, be sure that you build in a good chunk of breathing room to enable your success.
3) Change Requires Discipline
You’ve been doing the same things in the same ways with the same beliefs for a long time. If you want to change your ways, it’s going to take your commitment and your persistence. Throughout the process, you are going to experience the pull of going back to what you know and what feels easy. This is natural and if you’re serious about wanting something different, you need to stick with it ... at some point it will feel easy and normal and you’ll be glad you did.
4) Nobody Can Change You or Do It For You
There are no magic tools and only you can effect change for you. As a coach committed to helping my clients through the change process, I see this theme come up a lot. There are all kinds of tools, books, seminars, and resources to help you, but in the end, it really comes down to one key concept: you need to do the work.
Remember, the real secret to change is that you need to want to change for really compelling reasons… and then all your hard work, focus and discipline will be worth it. Where do you find that you’re not enabling your success like you could? Now that you are aware of the key elements that could be affecting your success with change, what is the first thing you need to do to get back on track?