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9 Easy Ways to Change & Improve Your Life

December 4, 2015
Change and improve

Change and improveCHANGE can be difficult but also empowering.  Sometimes we fear change but if we open our minds change can be wonderful and exciting.  We usually don’t change unless we are forced to, however the winds of change blow through our life and sometimes we are swept up and carried along like a leaf.

We need to accept change but we also need to remember we can control the changes.

What will you change in the New Year?

Instead of making the usual New Year resolutions why not reflect on your life at the moment and really think about what you would like to change.  You may think that life is perfect (lucky you!) and you don’t want to change but life is all about change and with change we grow.

Do you have a voice in your head saying ‘I don’t like this I need to change it?‘.

Change your life

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Are you stuck in a rut of life and want to make changes but not sure how?  Remember, it is never too late!  

1. Acknowledge Your Fear of Change

Change can be frightening and overwhelming and our fear can be an obstacle to achieving the changes we want to make.  Acknowledge this fear and accepting that change is not easy and with each tiny change you will overcome your fears.

2. Plan Your Changes

You can’t make changes if you don’t know what changes you want to make.  You need to find a quiet spot and write down the changes you would like to make in your life.  Categorise your changes into small, easy changes, and those that will take longer to achieve.

Once you know what you want to change you can plan to make those changes happen.

Change doesn’t happen immediately and it can take time.  Keep checking in on your progress as you take each step further towards making the change complete.

3. Create a ‘Letting Go’ Jar

I recently saw this idea and thought it was wonderful.  Grab a jar and label it ‘Letting Go’. As you find yourself dropping back into old habits and doing something you wanted to change, write it on the piece of paper and put it in the jar as a way of letting go of the past and starting anew.

As you put it in the jar say in your mind or aloud that you are letting go of the old way and making the change to your new life.  This will reinforce in your mind that you can’t continue in the same way if you want change to happen.

At the end of the year you can look back on all the changes you have made in your life.

4. Health & Wellbeing

Regular exercise and a healthy diet will keep your mind and body active.  Your motivation as you start to feel better will keep you going to make the changes you want to make. Enter an appointment in your diary for your exercise.  You are more likely to stick to it if you have it planned.

5. Learn Something New

Enrol in a class, start a new hobby.  Developing your mind will introduce you to new things and help you to grow and make the changes you are looking for in your life.

6. Dare to Dream

Dreaming about what we would like is healthy – although you need more than dreams to make it happen.  Make a vision board of what you envisage the changes in our life to look like.  You can do this on Pinterest or a cork board with pictures of what the changes represent.

7. Have a Tech Free Day

Step away from the computer and the i-phone and release your mind.  Having a tech-free day is not only good for your eyesight it is good for you ‘mind-sight’.

Our minds are so cluttered and in information overload that we need to step away and relax.  Spend time with our family or friends, read a book, go for a walk, meditate.

Clear your mind and you will discover the changes you are looking to make.

8. Make Time for ‘Me-Time’

I don’t know how many times I’ve written about ‘me time’ and how it is so important for us in maintaining our health and well-being.  Even an hour a week makes such a difference if that is all you can manage.  Ideally, take some time each day for you to do something just for you and to meditate on all the good things in your life.

9. Celebrate Your Changes

As you make the changes in your life – Celebrate the Change.  It is not easy to make changes so you need to congratulate yourself and acknowledge your achievement.  At the same time, don’t beat yourself up if you fall back into the old ways.  Just start afresh and keep going – change doesn’t happen overnight.

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  • Reply Stella Chiu December 6, 2015 at 03:28

    Hi, Sue
    It is a good time of the year to implement the changes in our life in order to move forward.
    Most of the resolution fail because of many points that you listed on your post.
    I need some change of my self for 2016. I will keep your list as reference as I can on track with my changes.

    Have a nice weekend!
    -Stella Chiu

    • Reply sue December 6, 2015 at 17:51

      Thanks for stopping by Stella! I do try to keep my resolutions but wanted to try something different in 2016. I’m glad you found value in my post. Hope to see you again and have a lovely weekend. Sue x

  • Reply Debbie December 10, 2015 at 06:18

    I never thought about the “letting go” jar, Sue.
    That’s such an awesome idea!
    I’m working on making room for the new inside of me and I think it sounds like a perfect way to do it.
    Thank you so much for sharing it!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 10, 2015 at 11:01

      Yes I read it somewhere – a book I was reading and I adapted the idea for changing your life. thanks for stopping by to comment your opinion matters to me. have a lovely day!

  • Reply Michele December 10, 2015 at 07:19

    I think celebrating little wins is such an important idea. It reminds us of our progress and helps to keep us positive. It is so easy to get caught in the trap of working so hard we forget to notice what is going on around us. Who couldn’t use a bit more celebration?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 10, 2015 at 11:02

      I agree Michele each little win builds upon each other and keeps us motivated. Yes we all can do with more celebration – let’s open the bubbly! 🙂 Have a great day!

  • Reply Agatha December 11, 2015 at 15:19

    Letting go is definitely something that needs to be part of facing change. I hadn’t thought of that before! Thanks, Sue.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 13, 2015 at 06:53

      Hi Agatha, yes I hadn’t thought of it either until I read about it and I thought it made sense. I hope the post helps and thanks for stopping by to comment.

  • Reply Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs December 14, 2015 at 04:09

    I always find it funny when I read blog post about a writer’s goals and resolutions, because you frequently can look back and find the almost exact duplicate of the post every year. Mine included, sadly. I think this is an excellent post because it really lays out what you can do to make changes. Thanks for sharing it on the Blogger’s Pit Stop.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 14, 2015 at 11:44

      Yes I’ve been there Debbie so that is why this year I’m trying something new. Thanks for the opportunity to link up at Blogger’s Pit Stop

  • Reply Kathleen December 15, 2015 at 21:44

    Thanks for new and challenging ideas Sue. The Pit Stop Crew have chosen this Post to be FEATURED on Friday.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 16, 2015 at 07:16

      Oh WOW! Thanks Kathleen things like this always happen just at the right time for me to pick me up and keep me motivated. I am honoured and see you at the next Pit stop

  • Reply Linda at Mixed Kreations December 17, 2015 at 10:29

    These are some great steps for making change and improving your life. I’m like most when I set a New Year resolutions, if I even set one I usually don’t stick with it. I may start out good, but then go back to old ways. The biggest change that I want to make for the New Year is add exercise to my daily routine.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 18, 2015 at 05:08

      Hi Linda!!! It is so hard to stick to resolutions because sometimes they aren’t realistic. Adding any type of daily exercise is a great change to make.

  • Reply Nikki Frank-Hamilton December 24, 2015 at 12:20

    Sue, these are great tips, I agree that we don’t change until we are forced to change. In the last several years everything in our lives changed, and it has taken quite a while to get used to it, we didn’t want it, we liked the life we had. But I am coming to terms with it, some, and finding things I can do and things I enjoy. Hopefully I will be able to keep appreciating the good and embellishing on it. I will be pinning this so I can remind myself that I don’t have to be stuck, I can instigate changes that I like too.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 25, 2015 at 14:17

      It is so much harder to accept change when it is forced upon us and we it impacts our lives such as what happened to you and your family. I truly admire the way you have handled it all and found the inner strength to keep going. You are truly an inspiration to us all!

  • Reply Regina L. L. Wells January 28, 2016 at 07:31

    Sue, I love your timing and ideas. This is the time when people begin to give up on their resolutions, or their word for the year because they alr day think they’ve failed. No need…just put it in the Let It Go jar. I like the point about thoughtfully deciding what change it is you want to make based on the result you want. I think we often put the cart before the horse and want to change to get away from something instead of changing toward something. Thank you, Sue, for another thoughtful post!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 28, 2016 at 11:43

      Thank you for your kind words Regina and I love your wording “changing towards something” I think we get so caught up with our ‘resolutions’ that the pressure becomes too much and we give up. I would rather be evolving now and enjoying life. Thanks so much for stopping by to comment and have a lovely day.

  • Reply Erin @ Stay At Home Yogi January 28, 2016 at 09:58

    #5 and #7 are my favorites on this list! 🙂 Never stop learning, and the world won’t end if I put my iphone away! 😉

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 28, 2016 at 11:45

      Yes Erin, I really struggle with putting the iphone away but the world won’t end. Sometimes my problem is I think my little world is bigger than it really is. If I don’t post today on my blog or facebook, I can feel the pressure, but at the end of the day I’m sure no-one notices LOL:) Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Leanne@crestingthehill January 28, 2016 at 10:26

    Hi Sue – these are perfect – I like the idea of planning change and making a conscious effort to do things – otherwise we just drift along and then wonder why we are still in the same place doing the same things. I stumbled this for you too 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 28, 2016 at 11:52

      Thanks Leanne for commenting and stumbling! I just feel that we do need to make a conscious effort if we want to change sometimes it is just a bit overwhelming to think about it and we just don’t try.

  • Reply Life Loving February 1, 2016 at 01:13

    Your tips are great Sue. Very positive. I really like the idea of the ‘letting go’ jar. This is really good as it is a physical action and will hold more resonance with people.

    Sally @ Life Loving

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 1, 2016 at 10:21

      Hi Sally yes, I like the idea of a ‘letting go’jar once you learn to let go you can really move forward. Thanks for stopping by to comment and have a great day!

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