So you’ve decided that there are some changes you’d like to make in your life. This is wonderful! Life should be full of joy and change is good. Just the fact that you recognize the need for some changes is such a positive step.
Please accept that change takes time. Try not to be hard on yourself. Some days you might find yourself taking a giant leap; other days a baby step is enough. A few weeks ago, I started walking every morning for my health. The first few days it was tough because I pushed myself too hard. As a result I was sore and pretty cranky. So I cut back a little and found it easier. After a few days of that I just picked up the pace a little so that I could walk a little further; not much, just a little. Now I’m up to a mile a day and that’s a good change for me. I feel better!
Keep a conscious eye on all aspects of your life. What that means is simply to notice what feels good to you and what doesn’t. For example, if someone is asking you to do something that you don’t want to do, notice how it feels in your body, especially your gut. If something isn’t right for you, and you check in with your gut, you will always get the right answer. If you gut starts to churn or you feel butterflies, the answer is probably a big NO. We all have an inner guide. Seek its counsel and trust your feelings.
Work on one goal at a time. So many of us make a list of things we want to change and then set out to make everything happen at once. Why? Because we’re an instant gratification society. Well, sometimes that’s great and sometimes it isn’t. How many times have you made a knee-jerk decision only to find out the outcome didn’t serve you well. Take one specific goal and work on that. Then when you’ve developed a rhythm with that one thing, you will be more apt to work on the next goal and so on. And what a feeling of accomplishment you’ll have when it all starts to work. The Universe abhors a vacuum; it will always fill it up with something. So make that something work for you.
If something doesn’t work out the way you want it to, again, don’t punish yourself. Learn from whatever it was and just move forward. Being your own worst critic is hard on you and those who love you. Just realize that there was probably a very good reason it didn’t work out. Who knows? Maybe it was for your safety or that of others.
Stay positive. The jump-start of creation is gratitude. Yes, it may be tough, but even in your darkest times, there’s always something to be grateful for. Make a list of those things, even if it’s that you had a nice cup of coffee this morning. Or that the sun came up and you felt the warmth on your face. Or that your dog cuddled beside you to keep you warm.
Keep a positive outlook and you will be thanking God for everything in your life, even the challenges. Once you have started on your journey to being a more conscious person, you will begin to notice stress in your life disappearing!