Often, we need to make changes in our relationships, work life and or daily habits. The brain likes to choose the familiar over the unfamiliar, so we all need solid tools to support us in implementing the changes that we want to make in our lives.
8 Interventions to help when we are feeling stuck and afraid to change:
1. Let go of self-criticism. when your inner critic shows up, you’re tapping into something important. Self-criticism is not an energy that supports change though, so use your mind to control your brain: observe what your inner critic is saying, stop it without judgement and say affirming and validating statements to yourself instead.
2. Realize that resistance to a new idea, behavior, or action does not mean that what you are trying to change is wrong but simply NEW. Thus, it feels uncomfortable. Tolerate the uncomfortableness for as long as you can, and maybe it will all be okay.
3. Making small adjustments in behaviors, thoughts, and actions can support radical changes. When you start small, change feels and IS more attainable.
4. You are not meant to do life alone. Reach out to supportive friends who will help you find the courage to face reality. Confidence is built by having the courage to face your fears and sometimes that confidence comes through someone else.
When you feel self doubt create a positive vision in your mind of what you can gain by tolerating the discomfort of change.
5. When you feel self-doubt, create a positive vision in your mind of what you can GAIN by tolerating the discomfort of change. The brain does not know the difference between imagination and reality!! Imagination is your friend.
6. Consistently affirm the core values related to your change. This helps your brain to reach the outcome that you desire.
7. Create an inner champion that can offer compassionate, kind support to inspire your motivation to change.
8. By implementing your small changes little by little and often, we remain consistent and allow BIG changes to come to fruition. Change happens through daily practices that we actually do.