Let’s be real – making a change in our lives is hard.
I think there are 3 main things that prompt us to change:
- An epiphany. Some people have a light bulb moment that divides their lives into “before” and “after” that moment. It’s an experience or insight that wakes you up and jolts you into action. Sometimes these go hand-in-hand with going “cold turkey.” For example, my dad tried for years to quit smoking. Then he had a heart attack and never touched a cigarette again.
- Relationships. We are influenced – for better or worse – by the people we spend the most time with.
- Incremental change. One step forward, two steps back. From what I see, this is how most change is made. Slowly. With ups and downs. Having to get back on the horse.
Have you had a powerful moment that you can harness as a motivator?
Can you surround yourself with new people who will positively influence you?
Is there a change you can start working on today, however small?
Better yet, use all three. Instead of waiting for an epiphany, choose any important moment as a motivator, even if it wasn’t a lightning bolt. Start seeking out people who are doing what you want to do. Identify a tiny action you can take today – seriously, anything.
What gets one person into action might not be what gets another person into action. If you’ve got a big goal to change careers or start a business (or anything else in life), see which of these you can start leveraging now.