The First Steps to Make Change Happen

Apr 16, 2012 by

Guest post by Ali Davies

Ever wonder why it can feel really hard to make change happen?

Well, the causes can by many and complex. They also vary from person to person.

But today, we are just going to focus on two really important factors that impacts the majority of people. And they are:

1. You are so permanently overscheduled that a lot of the time you are just peddling the day to day hamster wheels so damn hard that there is no time to do anything else.

And that is a huge problem if you want to change something in your life and/or business.

Here’s why:

Change only happens where there is time and space to do something different.

So, if you want to change any area of your life or business, the first step is to create time and space to work on the thing that you want to be different.

I know it can be hard if you feel you have umpteen things on your plate and it seems like you don’t have enough time to do it all.

But think about this:

If you can’t/won’t/don’t find a way to make some space you are saying “no” to change for the better and “yes” to the same old same old.

So, get out your diary. Yes, right now.

Block out some time on a specific day at a specific time for this week. Protect that time slot like your life depends on it. Use that time to pick one thing you would like to change. And just get stuck in to working on the steps to make it happen.

Now, here is the important thing. Doing this as a one off is going to change diddly squat. The power in doing this is to do it regularly. And by that I mean every week.

Don’t tell yourself “I don’t have enough time to do this.” Because you don’t have time NOT to do it, because that will keep you stuck.

Ask yourself this question:

What do I need to do to make sure I do this every week? Because if you decide to find a way, you will.

Having time and space, on a regular basis, is the first step to creating change. Find a way to make it part of your weekly routine.

2.      You are playing the Lone Ranger game and have become the bottle neck to your own success.

If you really want to have more time to make changes happen and get better results you are going to have to get some help. You can’t do everything yourself. No one ever achieved success on their own.

So, take a few minutes right now to identify the things that aren’t your skill set or take you away from what is most important for you to be spending your time on.

Start working out how you will outsource those things to people that are good at them.

The majority of your time should be spent on what you are good at, revenue generating activities and development work.

Getting help will significantly improve your ability to improve results and create change. Don’t be the bottle neck to your own success.

Have fun playing with these two things. And please leave a comment below to let me know your thoughts, ideas and opinions. Always good to hear other people’s experiences and perspectives.

This is a guest post by Ali Davies. Ali specialises in helping Self Employed Professionals make change in their life and business to achieve success on their own terms. You can find out more about Ali and her work at www.alidavies.com.  

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