The first day of spring is next week. It is time to start thinking of planting a garden, spring cleaning or getting some outdoor exercise. Spring has always represented a time of newness and change.
Most people look forward to the springtime. It is a time of anticipation of beautiful weather and nature blooming around us that makes us love this season.
Spring is also a time when people want to make personal changes. The reason for this is people are happier in the spring and happiness will trigger endorphins that stimulate self-motivation.
When do you feel like doing something different for yourself? In the middle of winter, when it is cold, dark and wet? Or in the spring when daylight saving time begins and we have more daylight to be outdoors where everything is blooming and beautiful?
There are a few simple steps that you can take to implement a new change for yourself. The first is to be honest and specific about the change that you wish to accomplish. Once you know what you want to change or implement follow the steps below to help you achieve it.
1. Start Simple: Make a simple statement of what it is that you want to accomplish. Remember the word “simple;” the more complicated you make things, the less likely you will make the change.
2. Be Realistic: Be realistic with what you can accomplish.
3. Believe: If you do not believe that you can accomplish your change, nor have the drive to, it will not happen. You must be able to see yourself actually doing your change.
4. Have a Strategy: You need to have a step-by-step plan of what you can do and are willing to do to accomplish your change. Write it out, think it out, live it out!
5. Commitment: Are you committed to making this happen in your life? Only you know for sure. No one likes to fail, so weighing your desire versus your commitment to following it through is serious.
Continual growth in our life is excellent for our well-being. Having small or large goals keeps us moving ahead to become the person we ultimately see ourselves becoming. It is never too late to pick something new to challenge us to become the best that we can.
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” ~ Andy Warhol