Have you ever heard the phrase that you could be the person that you have been searching for your entire life? Well, it is true; you have the power to be the one person who can change your life for the better. Changing your life can be difficult to do not have a lot of faith in your ability to make a change. Doing things differently is even more difficult when you do not have many role models to show you how to turn things around. But just like the famous proverb about how a journey of one thousand miles begins with one step, changing your life begins by take one step at a time. Here are some tips on how to give yourself a new beginning:
Acknowledge Where You Have Been
When you get flashbacks of how you used to act, things you used to say, and things that you used to believe in, some of those memories can feel alarming. It is not uncommon to wonder what it was all for and why you live your life completely differently now than you had in the past. Sometimes, the first step of faith that we can show in ourselves is to recognize how much we have grown and how much knowledge we have gained. Instead of feeling discouraged by how you used to be, feel encouraged about how you plan to become the person who you hope to be.
Forgive and Make Amends with Yourself
Perhaps you have never been taught that you need to forgive yourself for the past mistakes that you had made, but it can be extremely therapeutic to give yourself the forgiveness that you so desperately need. Do you regret that you used to regularly overeat and neglect to take care of your body? Shaming yourself over and over again is not going to help you to move forward. You need to take the step of giving yourself a chance to make things right. Sometimes, the best relationship that you can repair is the relationship that you have with yourself. This can be especially true and effective when you are unable to get the satisfaction of being forgiven by someone whom you have offended. In those situations, the best thing that you can do is to acknowledge to yourself that you had made mistakes. The next best thing to do is to do the next right thing and tell yourself that you learned from the lesson and are determined to do better.
Create a New System
You might call it a routine, others might call it a system, or a formula, but it all means the same thing. It is important to create a new way of life if you want to create a new life for yourself. The secret to creating this system lies in your daily routine. Changing a few things about your daily routine and succeeding at making those changes will help you to feel more confident about making bigger changes in your life. For instance, if you never make up your bed and you decide to change your routine and make up your bed at least two times per week, you will find that the routine of making up your bed will lead to you establishing additional small but effective routines. When you gain confidence from proving to yourself that you can be disciplined in one area of your life, you will develop the confidence to create other healthy personal and professional habits.
This year is already halfway completed and it is already in the history books! What have you learned? What will you change? These are all questions that you will need to ask yourself as you move forward to giving yourself the new and improved life that you deserve. And yes, you do deserve positive change in your life...now go build the life that you deserve!