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6 Steps To Make Change Real This Spring

As the first blush of spring paints the world anew, we find ourselves standing at a crossroads. The vernal equinox doesn't just herald a change in the weather; it beckons us to renew ourselves, shed the old, and embrace the new.


It's a time for change, a time to try new things, to take those baby steps toward the transformation we often dream about but seldom dare to pursue. 


Change, daunting as it may seem, is not just possible – it's within our grasp if we approach it with the right mindset and strategy.


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1. Recognize the Power of Small Beginnings:


Decisions are made by those who show up in the here and now. For personal change, showing up can mean simply starting small. The first step towards change doesn't have to be a giant leap; it can be a small, deliberate action. Plant a seed today, even if it's as simple as waking up ten minutes earlier or replacing one unhealthy meal with a healthier option. The cumulative effect of these small changes leads to significant transformations.


2. Be Uncomfortable:


As a mental health professional, I understand that venturing into the unknown can be uncomfortable. It's like the first day at a new school or a new job. But remember, every expert was once a beginner. The discomfort you feel today will be the confidence you have tomorrow. So, try that new hobby, join that class, or take up that sport.


Allow yourself to be a beginner.


3. Be Real:


Break it down! Yes, success depends on being realistic about what you will do. Maybe it starts with one walk a week, 2 walks the next, and 3 the next. The simpler and more concrete, the more likely you will be at achieving your goal. Goals that are tangible and achievable make the journey towards change less overwhelming.


4. Be Flexible, Have Resilience:


Change is rarely a linear process; it is a rollercoaster. There will be setbacks and days when you want to give up because the ups and downs seem too much. What matters is not the speed at which you reach your goal but your perseverance. Be flexible in your approach, and be curious about trying new ways or taking new paths. If one method doesn't work, try another.


Resilience is vital to creating change.


5. Be Accountable To Yourself & Others:


Your journey towards change can benefit from the support of others. Share your goals with friends or family, or find a community with similar objectives. Accountability can be a powerful motivator, and sometimes the only reason we are successful is because we don’t want to let others down.


So make it mutual- support someone so that you get support too. 


6. Be Reflective & Reward Yourself:


Take time to reflect on your progress. Celebrate your victories, no matter how small. Reward yourself for the steps you've taken. Positive reinforcement can boost your motivation and help maintain the momentum.


Say yes to you!


As we embrace the season of rejuvenation, let's remember that change, though challenging, is an opportunity to grow, learn, and emerge more substantial and fulfilled. Let the fresh bloom of spring be a metaphor for our own personal growth.


The time for change is now; I know you can do it.




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