With every waking hour our lives require us to make many, many decisions, big and small. From hitting the snooze button on our alarm clock, to choosing where to live and work, all of our decisions shape the present and the future. Sometimes though, we find ourselves in a place that no longer serves us. Maybe you feel stuck in a relationship, job, or city you don't want to be in, and you're finding it hard to pull yourself out of that rut. Here are a few ideas to help you move forward?
Take some time to reflect. This will give you a different perspective if you can ask yourself some tough questions and be honest about your answers. Ask yourself: Am I happy? What would I really love to be doing? How can I start working towards my goals? What do I need to let go of? The answers to these questions will give you a platform to work from so that you can achieve all that you want to in your life.
Understand your personal values. Being aware of your values helps build a framework, an anchor if you like. This provides you with something to come back to when you're choosing your next steps. What is most important to you? Is it family, friends, career, business, personal growth, or something completely different? Come up with three top priorities and when you're making new choices, ask yourself whether it is aligned with your values.
Step out of your comfort zone. You're never going to get to where you want to be without trying new things. Explore all of those seemingly crazy ideas that you have, no matter what they are—you never know what you will discover. Be open to all options.
Create a plan. When you've reflected and researched the possibilities, you'll need to make a detailed plan for your next steps. Remember, small steps make goals achievable and prevent us from feeling overwhelmed. Take it one action item at a time giving yourself a deadline for each of them.
Get started. Often starting is the hardest part. If you find yourself procrastinating, ask yourself why. Pick one thing on your plan and make a start. Remember to be kind to yourself and to celebrate your wins no matter how small they may seem.
Notice your emotions. As you navigate your new path you will undoubtedly feel many emotions, ranging from a little nervous, excited, downright fearful, and Maybe you're feeling some fear, which by the way is completely normal when facing new choices.
Be open to opportunities. Even though this may be a time of uncertainty, it's also an exciting time of new opportunities. Remain open to people you meet, places you go, things you hear and see online. Often ideas come from where we least expect them.
Embrace change. Try to look at any nervousness from the angle of excitement and face the change head on. If something doesn't quite work out, take a different approach or change direction altogether. There is always a way.
Going down a new path can be intimidating, throwing up all kinds of emotions, but if you can take it one step at a time, you will get there.