Last week I wrote a lot about actions you could take in 2012 to make your life, finances, and other things easier and better. However, change requires action! It requires more than just reading about it on a blog and thinking it would be a good idea.
I hope all the ideas I brought up last week were good ideas:
These topics almost seem like “no-brainers”, so why are YOU doing it today?
What Prevents Change?
Change can be difficult, so if you want to change, you need to figure out why you're not changing. There are three buckets things that can hold you back from change: attitude, habits, environment.
Attitude: I'm a firm believer that your attitude has a huge amount to do with how successful you are in anything. The most frequent attitude blockers to change could include negativity, lack of faith in something new, fear of failure, perfectionism (if something doesn't immediately go right). Your attitude choice causes you to react to the world, and as such, can directly affect how you feel about change and how successful you will be at changing yourself.
Habits: This one is pretty straightforward – but it can be hard to break old habits if you've done something the same way for years or decades. Habits are knee-jerk reactions on how you do things, so you need to be conscious of your actions when trying to change.
Environment: The people you surround yourself with and the activities that you participate in directly impact your ability to change. These people and activities give you a sense of comfort, and you want to stick within the norms of the group. As a result, the environment you're in may not support your change, or may even discourage it.
Actions You Can Take To Change Today!
Have you figured out why you're not changing? Well, take these actions today and get on the right track!
Identify Your Roadblocks – Now that you know what prevents change, identify the specific causes and be aware of them. Are you trying to stop spending so much on clothes? Stop going out with your friends shopping, only see them at their homes or parties. Think about what easy steps you can take to identify your roadblocks.
Set Goals – Set a goal for yourself in 2012. Yes, New Year's resolutions seem hokey sometimes, but they can work. Beyond the goal itself, let others know your goal so that you can get support towards it along the way. For example, I'm challenging myself to make $30,000 this year. I shared it here on this site, and because it is public, it will hold me more accountable to it.
Perseverance – Finally, you need to understand that change takes time. To break a habit, for example, you need to do the new habit 30+ times in a row before it sets in as the new habit. You need to remember that change takes time and effort, and you will have some setbacks. But maintain a positive attitude, and persevere through any bump in the road.
Readers, what changes are you making this year? What are some examples of goals your challenging yourself on?