Deciding on any lifestyle change is a commitment. That change may include what you eat, what habits you have or what you organize. Others around you are offering lots of advice on how to change. What does it mean when you are ready for change? How do you know you are ready for change?
How you know you are NOT ready for change.
- You are not ready to change when others are coercing you. You are being pushed in a direction to make change. You’re using the word should or ought to to describe the change.
- You know in your mind that change is good, but you are procrastinating on getting started. You have underlying fears, a lack of skills or have not truly created buy in on your part.
- You don’t have a great reason why to change.
You are ready for change when
- More than just acknowledging that life is not going smoothly, you are sick and tired of being sick and tired. You remember the definition of insanity, “doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome,” and know what that means. Despite how difficult it might be, you are ready to do something different.
- You are researching how to get help to make the change and hone in on who can help. It may take time to know who is the best to help and you are ready to talk to that person, start that program or attend a group meeting.
- You are energized to create something or be something new. You have time, energy and focus to break out of what’s holding you back and start on a new path.
- You have a compelling reason to create a new habit.
How do I know when I am ready for change?
I think about a compelling reason for the change. Some of my biggest changes have come from what I think are really outstanding reasons to make a change. From there I break that into a baby step of baby steps. I am ready for change because I find a small way to get started on a big thing. I encourage you to write your own list of ways you know you are ready to change.