Change is hard. It takes courage, guts, and a little bit of grit mixed in. But being willing to implement change can make the difference between staying stagnant or getting to the next level.
Some of us don’t deal well with change, while others thrive in it. It’s all about having the right mindset. While sometimes change can come at great risk, it can also come at even greater reward.
So when is it time to take the risk and make the change? When thinking about the changes you want to make, consider these tips to help you get started.
Is your head in the game?
It is hard to know where you are going and what it is going to take to get there if you aren’t keenly aware of where you are today.
This requires complete straight-talk with yourself.
- What are your strengths and weakness?
- What are your opportunities and threats?
- What have you done thus far to address these?
- What stands in your way?
- Where do you typically get stopped when it comes to taking action?
- Without getting accurate information and feedback, how do you know what you need to do to get where you need to go?
To get your head in the game, it is important that you write down the answers to these questions. Think about them. Dig deep. Be really clear on your current location and exactly where you are right now. This is the first step to seeing the change that you want to see in your business.
Does your heart skip a beat?
While logically you may know that you want to make changes, it is really challenging to get them to stick long-term if you aren’t passionate about what you are doing.
This may mean that you have to have a purpose or a “why” that is bigger than just making more money or getting that next accolade. How would making this change and seeing results impact you? How would you feel if this change was implemented and successful? Would you act differently? Would you be more present in your day-to-day life knowing you achieved what you intended?
Identifying your “why” is the cornerstone to pushing through the things that stop you. It is the superpower that gives you the strength and confidence to persevere.
Get your hands dirty
Once you nail down where your business is and where you want it to go … and once you identify your why, then you can get in action.
Begin by making sure you have specific structures for fulfillment in place. These structures might be to schedule daily, weekly or monthly activities that keep you focused on what you said you would do. You have to check in at least weekly to see what progress you’ve made, what you need to alter and how your head and heart are aligning.
Setting up structures might also mean starting your day off powerfully. Set an intention for the day and list the three actions you will complete. Then put those actions into your calendar as a scheduled event (if they aren’t already in there).
At the end of the day, take a few minutes to reflect. How did you do? How did you feel? What got in the way? And what are you grateful for?
Change can be exciting. It can lead to amazing things. It doesn’t have to be frightening. By making sure you get your head, heart and hands engaged, you can put yourself on the path towards creating your future.
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Ande Frazier, CFP, CLU, ChFC, RICP, is CEO and Chair of the Board of Directors for Philadelphia-based Leap Systems, LLC, a leader in “thinkware” for the financial services industry throughout the United States and Canada. She’s a prominent speaker and trainer, having trained and coached thousands of financial professionals.