5 Tips To Get Started With Anything
Can anyone change their life? Yes! It is absolutely possible for anyone to improve their life but the main challenge is with the difficulty to get started. Some of us look at the challenge ahead and we become exhausted before we even start out.
Anyone can start over.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."
~ 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
It's not uncommon to have an inner resistance to change or even getting started. Why is this? The truth is that our brain is conditioned to seek what is familiar, what is safe and to avoid risk.
Our brain likes habit and tradition. So it's no wonder that the mere idea of change, even if it’s an improvement, can make us uncomfortable.
If you or your coaching/counseling clients are having trouble getting started, I will give you some tips to help you.
"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize?
So run that you may obtain it." ~ 1 Corinthians 9:24 ESV
1. Ask yourself if this is something that you truly want.
One reason people fail to get started is because although their goal can be a good one, their heart is not in it. Some people set a particular goal because they think it’s what others expect of them. Your goal should be driven by your own, inner motivation. You need to understand why you must do this thing. And your “why” needs to be greater than any discomfort you may experience along the way.
2. Ask yourself, I am I afraid of something?
It’s important to identify any underlying fears. 90% of the things we fear never happened yet fear can immobilize us anyway. You may find it helpful to imagine your worst case scenario and then create a plan on how you would recover. The most successful people fail over and over again and yet they do not see failure as a deterrent to making the effort. They realize that each time they fail, they learn what not to do and they get closer to the results they want. Failure is only a bad thing if it causes us to quit.
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."
~ Jeremiah 29:11
3. Simplify the process to make it easy on yourself.
Take a look at what needs to be done and take remove all unnecessary steps. Make your process as simple as possible to avoid wasting time and becoming overwhelmed.
4. Find someone to encourage you.
Hurdles and problems can arise so it’s good to have someone, such as a coach, to process the situation with. This should be someone trustworthy who is non-judge mental. They should be a person who can help you focus on the positive side and a successful outcome.
5. Remember to take good care of yourself.
Get a good night’s sleep, drink plenty of water and eat nutritious meals. Take time out for yourself to pray and meditate to stay centered. Your best plan will be to begin your day by spending alone time with God in prayer and meditation. Listen as He reminds you of the steps you need to take that day. He will give you enough to move you forward and also help you avoid becoming overwhelmed.
"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;"
~ 1 Corinthians 6:19 NIV
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."
~ Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV
I hope you found these tips helpful. Feel free to share them with others.
Copyright 2018 by Leelo Bush, PhD, All rights reserved.
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