Have you ever woken up and thought, “I need to change my life” but have no idea what to do or where to start? Getting out of your routine, becoming unstuck, and creating change in your life can be scary.
But with these tips, you’ll be better equipped to make the changes you desperately want. Ready to unlock your full potential and live a life of your wildest dreams? Read on!
Can I really change my life?
The answer is simple: yes, you absolutely can! Anyone, no matter how stuck they might feel, can change their life. It all starts with the decision to do it. Do you want to change your life? Decide that you do, commit to it, and begin today. Once you make the commitment, the changes are guaranteed to flow.
So you’re feeling inspired, right? I hope so! Don’t turn back now, even if thoughts like these start to creep into your head: am I really ready to change my life? Can I really succeed at this? Is change too much work? By following just one of the fifteen tips below, you’ll see that changes that seem impossible now are within your reach.
Tips for success when making change in your life
Before we get to the specific ways you can change your life, there are some common missteps people make on the road to change that we need to address. By looking out for these traps and making an effort to avoid them, you’ll be better equipped for success.
Focus on one thing at a time and then expand from there
So the first question to ask yourself is: what do you most want to change about your life and why? Maybe your answer is “everything,” which can feel very overwhelming. If you don’t have a clear picture of what you’d like to change, an excellent way to figure that out is to write down all of your thoughts.
Why should you write down your thoughts? Because journaling helps clarify your thoughts and feelings. Journal about the following topics to get to the root of what you’d like to change. After this exercise, you should be much clearer on what area(s) you’d like to change.
- How do you spend your time?
- Who do you spend your time with?
- How do you feel in your relationships?
- What does your daily routine look like?
- Do you feel comfortable financially?
- What are your goals, plans, and dreams? How close are you to achieving them?
- How is your physical and mental health?
Once you define what you would like to change it's time for the next step.
Drop your limiting beliefs in order to create change in your life
That story you tell yourself every day isn’t helping you one bit. Maybe you’ve decided that you’re lazy or not entrepreneurial. But guess what? Those stories are probably not true and are self-imposed limiting beliefs that are holding you back.
In order to make changes in your life, you’ll have to drop your limiting beliefs. Once you drop the old story you’ve been telling yourself for years, you’ll see your true abilities and will be better able to go after your dreams.
Work on change every single day
Instead of revamping your life overnight, vow to change little by little. “Continuous improvement” is the concept of making little changes every day that eventually add up to big change. This is usually a much more successful approach to change than one giant overhaul because it's easier when you break big goals down into smaller ones.
Lastly, change isn’t going to happen overnight. No matter how laser-focused you are on making changes, it takes time. Also, be patient with yourself and allow your journey to unfold. At first, you might not notice anything different, but change is coming.
15 ways to create change in your life
So let’s dive into the 15 things you can do right now to begin to change your life!
1. Create a vision board to inspire change in your life
A vision board is a great way to tap into your imagination and put your dreams down on paper. By visualizing a better future and seeing the reminder of what your life could look like, you’ll be inspired to keep working.
Once the dreams you’ve put down on your vision board start coming true, you’ll be even more likely to keep growing and evolving. So if money is the area you’d like to focus on, you can make a specific financial vision board for achieving financial goals.
2. Change up your routine (or create one if you don’t have one)
Routines can leave you feeling stuck in a rut, or they can get you out of one. If you have been following the same routine for years, switching it up, even slightly, is a surefire way to shake things up in your life.
If you don’t have any routine at all, your life might feel chaotic and a bit out of control. For most of us, it’s hard to achieve our goals when we feel frazzled all of the time. To fix that, start by implementing a morning or night routine.
It doesn’t have to be hours long; a simple journal practice with your morning coffee, some stretching in bed, or a walk around the block are all great starts. Having a routine is essential to changing your life because it helps you focus on daily goals.
3. Set goals
It’s almost impossible to create change in your life without having goals. Because without a target to work toward, you might feel like you’re drifting through life or wasting time.
So to create real change, set a goal. And, remember, don’t pressure yourself to reach your goal the day after you set it. Also, keep in mind that change takes time, and baby steps are almost always enough to get you where you want to be.
4. Change your outside appearance to make inner changes
Sometimes we just need to shake things up on the outside to create inner change. Take stock of how you feel about yourself. Do you feel confident in your clothes? Is there something about your image that doesn’t feel authentic to who you really are?
By making slight tweaks in your outer appearance and gaining some self-confidence, you’ll be better able to face the world and the changes you’re working on.
5. Commit to a healthier lifestyle
Take a look at your exercise and diet habits because these are two areas where small changes can make a world of a difference. If this is an area you’d like to improve, vow to do something small every day. Can you start by drinking more water?
Adding an extra portion of vegetables to your dinner plate? Just as changing your appearance can give you a little extra pep in your step, making healthier lifestyle choices can increase your energy and make you feel ready to conquer the world (and change your life).
6. Stop saying no
There’s a time and a place for putting your foot down, putting yourself first, and saying no. But there’s also a benefit to saying yes. If you’re someone who usually turns down offers to try something different or makes excuses to avoid new situations, why not start saying yes more often?
Getting out of a rut and making changes often begins with getting out of your comfort zone. Once you start doing it, you’ll want to keep doing it, and change will flow.
7. Learn something new
Learning something new, whether related to the specific change in your life you want to make or not, can bring about transformation. When you learn something new, you not only gain new skills but also more confidence.
The confidence you gain from learning something new is like a building block that you can keep adding to. Learning new skills can also help you increase your income!
8. Write it all down
We’re big fans of journaling here at Clever Girl Finance. It’s one of the best ways to clear your mind and help you discover what it is you truly want. Journaling is a great tool when you are embarking on change because difficult issues often accompany big shifts.
So instead of stopping when you come to a crossroads on your transformation journey, try journaling your feelings because it can help you keep going and push through.
9. Focus on your sleep
Our culture might glorify hustle, but the real key to a fulfilling life might just be getting enough sleep. If you’re like most people and don’t get enough sleep, changing your sleep habits can launch you out of a lethargic and inactive state and into an energized one.
Also, the changes you’ll feel after improving your sleeping habits will extend across your entire life.
10. Embrace minimalism
Instead of buying new things to change up your life, take the opposite approach and embrace minimalism. You don’t have to become a minimalist in all aspects of your life.
For instance, decluttering your home, purging your social media feeds, or clearing out your makeup bag all can be life-changing in themselves.
11. Implement a financial plan to make real change in your life
Our finances impact every single aspect of our lives. If you want to make significant changes across the board, start by creating a financial plan. The first step to change is deciding to do it, and the second is committing.
Commit to this change now by signing up for Clever Girl Finance’s completely free courses to help you create a financial plan of your own.
12. Practice gratitude
Appreciating what you have can truly change your life. Giving thanks has even been shown to make people happier, so if that’s the sort of change you’re seeking, look no further.
Starting a gratitude practice is simple – every morning or evening, write down three things you are grateful for. That’s all you have to do to change your mindset and your life.
13. Cut out negative people
Don’t surround yourself with negativity. No matter who it is or how long they’ve been in your life if someone doesn’t support your dreams, they don’t deserve a space in your life.
It might sound harsh, but you’ll see that once you stop spending time with dream crushers, you’ll have more time and space for those who believe in you. And you’ll start to believe more in yourself.
14. Change up your environment
One of the best ways to get out of a rut is to change your environment. Sure, you can move across the country or remodel your house, but you can also change up your space for free.
Move your furniture around your bedroom, start working at a new coffee shop instead of your home office, or clear out a space in your garage for your yoga mat and create a home “gym.”
Like our physical appearance, our physical environment can have a lot of influence on how we feel inside. Making little tweaks to it can lead to bigger changes.
15. Learn to love yourself and treat yourself kindly
So if you take one lesson from this article or decide to implement one tip, let it be this one: if you really want to change your life, make sure you love yourself and put yourself first. If you don’t, or if you have trouble with that, work on treating yourself better.
Get rid of that inner critic living inside your head, spewing negative comments about yourself you’d never even dream of saying to your worst enemy.
Give yourself a break, be proud of all that you’ve accomplished already, appreciate what you have, and make the space to create change in your life. Because you deserve to feel what it's like to truly love who you are!
Change my life? Who me? Yes, you!
To make a change, it all begins with committing to taking the first step. Have you decided yet which step you’re going to take? Instead of waiting for the New Year, your birthday, the perfect Monday morning, or whatever it is that has been holding you back, why not make today the day you begin your transformation? Pick something from the list above and resolve to make a change in your life now!