Big Life Changes (The Ultimate Guide + Image Quotes)

It is difficult to overcome fear and make positive changes in one's life. It's even more difficult when the change is significant—breaking up with someone you love, leaving your old job, starting your own business, or any of hundreds of other difficult decisions.

Even when it is obvious that making a significant change will be beneficial, it can be difficult. Our minds want to stay in familiar territory, which means doing the same things we've always done.

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We're concerned: how do we know if we're making the right choice? We wish we had more information. How can we make a decision if we don't have all of the facts?

We're stuck. How do we overcome our fear and move forward with what we want to do?

So, while I don't have all the answers, here are seven things to keep in mind if you want to move forward and make positive life changes.

1. You will never have complete information

We frequently avoid making important decisions because we want more information before making a difficult decision.

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Yes, you must conduct research, but if you expect a crystal clear answer to come to you, you will be waiting a long time. Humans are inquisitive creatures, and our desire for knowledge can be paralyzing.

Life is a series of educated guesses, errors, and revisions. Make the best decision you can at the time and keep going. This also entails developing the ability to listen to and trust your intuition. This is how it is done.

2. Have the Courage to Believe in Yourself

We make a variety of excuses for failing to make significant life changes, but the limiting belief that often underpins many of them is that we don't trust ourselves to do the right thing.

We believe that if we are put in a new situation, we will be unsure of what to do or how to react. We’re worried that the uncharted territory of the future will be too much for us to handle.

Give yourself a higher rating than that.

You've had to deal with unexpected changes in the past, right? And what happened when your car got a flat tire on the way to work? Or how about when you were unexpectedly dumped?

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You were fine in the end.

Humans are incredibly adaptable, and your entire life has been assisting you in developing skills to deal with unexpected challenges.

Have the courage to believe in yourself. Whatever happens, you'll find a way to make it work.

3. What’s the Worst That Could Happen?

Like jealousy, most of your fears are created in your own head.

When you sit down and think about the worst-case scenario, you'll realize that there are very few risks from which you can't recover.

Consider, “What's the worst that could happen?” You'll be ready to crush it once you realize the worst isn't so bad.

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When you're getting ready to make a big life change, write down everything you're afraid of. Are you afraid of making a mistake? Of looking silly? Of losing money? Of being dissatisfied?

Then, address each fear by writing down ways you can overcome them. For example, if you're worried about losing money, can you put aside some money for a rainy day?

4. It's as much about the process as it is about the outcome

When we think about major life changes, we get so caught up in the outcome. We are concerned that if we begin with a lofty goal, we will not be able to complete it.

You are, however, free to change your mind. And failing will only teach you what not to do the next time.

Furthermore, failing to achieve the ultimate goal does not imply failure. You chose the goal in the first place, but you have the option to change it if it isn't working out as planned. Failure, like success, is not a destination.

Take pleasure in the process of progress.

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5. Persist in Pursuing Opportunity

If you're undecided about a major decision, you may be concerned about becoming trapped in a situation from which you can't escape.

Consider it in a different light. New options almost never limit your options.

In fact, new interests frequently lead to even more opportunities. One of the best things about pursuing important goals with passion is that they open up opportunities and options that you could never have imagined in the beginning.

If you pursue the interesting opportunities that present themselves along the way to your goal, you can be certain that you will always have options.

6. Effort Matters

So Use It It may seem obvious, but one of the main reasons we don't make life changes is that we don't try. And we don't try because it's too easy to find reasons why we don't get what we want if we do.

Have you failed that test? Are you a moron? “Of course I'm not a moron. I simply did not study. If I had actually studied, I would have gotten an A.”

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Are you stuck in a job you despise? Why haven't you started looking for a new job yet? “Well, I haven't really looked for a new job. If I wanted to, I could easily ace that interview.”

Why do we make such excuses for ourselves? It's because if we try and fail, we've failed. However, if we don't try, we can blame it on laziness.

Let it go. Failure occurs to everyone.

And the funny thing is, if you actually try—and it's clear that most people don't—you'll win a lot more than you think.

7. Begin with Something Small

You can't climb Everest if you haven't tried hiking before.

Perhaps applying for your dream job seems daunting right now. What can you start with right now?

Can you speak with someone who currently holds that position to find out what they believe makes them successful? Can you improve your skills so that you meet one of the requirements? Can you take a free online course to broaden your horizons?

Perhaps you aren't ready for a long-term relationship, but you know you want to start dating. Could you ask a mutual friend out? Can you go out with friends more often to practice your communication skills and meet new people?

You don't have to be a world changer today; just make small changes in your own life.

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