Thursday, January 30, 2020

Ready, Set, Change! (February Challenge)

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So you've decided to make some changes to your life.

It doesn't matter if you only want to make a few minor adjustments, several or more major changges, or if you're making a complete life redesign (Creating a Life Redesign Blueprint).

The time to begin is now.

But change can be scary.

Our current circumstances, uncomfortable -- even painful -- as they may be, are familiar. We know them, we've survived them so far, and we know we can continue to do so. It's much less intimidating to stay where we are than to step out into new territory, even if that territory looks awfully enticing.

And let's be honest -- brutally honest -- for a minute.

Sometimes were less intimidated by the change itself than we are the fact that it's going to take effort and work on our part to bring it about.

I know first-hand how overwhelming it can be to make life changes. I know first-hand that it takes work.

I also know it can be done.

While some people can completely change their life in one fell swoop, quitting things cold turkey and adopting totally new practices or a whole new lifestyle by diving in head-first, most of us simply can't.  Legitimate lack -- of funds or knowledge or resources or time or something else -- holds us back.

Fortunately, you don't have to implement change in an all-or-nothing fashion. Instead, you can make one -- or a few -- changes at a time. You can take large steps or tiny ones.

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For example, if you’ve decided that you want to quit your job and go back to school to study for an entirely different career, but there’s those pesky things like a mortgage and feeding yourself and your family standing in your way, you have options. Selling your large, expensive house and purchasing something more affordable, that would free up some funds, is one. So is taking one or two classes a semester for now.


One step, two steps, or a clean-sweep life change — it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that you get started . . . now!

I want to help you do just that.

Here's what I want you to do. If you've worked through the Life Redesign Blueprint process I shared a couple of weeks ago (link provided above), select the change(s) you can reasonably begin implementing right away. If you haven't worked through the blueprint process, do that now or simply decide on one change (or more) you can make now.

You might decide to remove something -- sugar, the purchase of non-essential items, smoking, gossiping, fast food and restaurant meals, social media, to name just a few examples -- from your life.

Instead, you might decide to add something: taking a 15-minute walk every day, memorizing one Bible scripture or inspirational quote each week, clearing out the clutter in your closets (or just one closet), researching and planning a vacation trip, finding and attending a grief support group, etc.

Or you might implement a change to your routine. Perhaps you will eat 4 vegetables a day instead of 2, go to bed 30 minutes earlier than normal every night, use only cash instead of credit cards, or install apps on your electronic devices that help you spend less time on the internet and then spend that freed-up time establishing that home business you've put on the back burner for months, maybe even years.

You've got your change in mind? Good.

Go one step further. Commit to that change for the entire month of February.

Starting Saturday, February 1, be very intentional about incorporating that change into your life. One day, one hour, one minute, at a time.

You won't alone. I promise. I'll be making a change right along side you.

Not only that, but every Thursday here on my blog and every day (except Sunday) on my Facebook page (Patti Miinch) and my Instagram feed (@PattiMiinch), I'll be sharing tips and helpful information and offering you encouragement.

Like and follow my Facebook page and follow me on Instagram. But don't stop there. Join in the conversations here and on social media. Share your challenge, your thoughts, your successes and struggles; offer support and encouragement.

We can do this!
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