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Change. Exciting, stressful, wonderful…

I’ve got a vision in my head and I’ve allowed myself to dream about the list of wants vs needs, as well as a few extras on my Wishlist, but making it a reality? It has got to start with planning.

Getting everything out of my head and down on paper (or screen, but I still think the act of writing is more powerful) is the difference between dreaming and doing.

I’m still amazed at how many people don’t take the time to plan out their change and then feel frustrated when things don’t happen the way they want them to.

Of course, there are always going to be curveballs but when we know a destination, we can start to put action steps in place.

Today is the last day of January. I’m pretty sure there are a few goals, intentions, and changes that have fallen by the wayside after a seemingly strong start at the beginning of the year but why?

In my ‘4 steps to positive change’, I list out the critical stages, not only to help you reach your desired results but also to sustain them.

When things begin to come apart at the seams, it’s often the sketchy effort in step 2 (mapping out) and unpreparedness for step 4 (maintenance).

If you are reaching the end of this month in celebration of maintaining your changes, that is awesome, but make sure you continue to plan out sustaining them over the next month.

Choose a day for reflection each week on how far you have come and what you need to do in the following days. Allow your success to continue to grow by nurturing it.

If you are reaching the end of this month in frustration, with your changes paused or stopped altogether, the most important thing to remember is YOU ARE NOT ALONE! And, statistically speaking, higher success rates are born from the experience of failure.

Take time to reflect on what went wrong and consider if the change itself was actually right for you in the first place. If you choose to give it another go, ensure you set yourself up for success. Plan your actions, then action your plan.

It would be wrong if I didn’t say that even the best-laid plans sometimes come to nothing, BUT you’ll be able to pinpoint with more clarity what went wrong if you have a plan to reflect on.

Here’s to a new month!