As a result it can feel really hard going. It is easy to end up feeling totally stuck and overwhelmed with it all. You might even feel you want to give up.
When that happens it is really important to take action to make the path of change easier and more enjoyable to navigate.
To help you with that, here are:
3 tips for when creating change feels really hard
1. Break it down to the smallest possible next step
If you are focusing on everything you need to do then of course it is going to feel really hard and overwhelming. Stop doing that. Instead, break everything down into the smallest possible next step:
- List down everything you can think of that you need to do to achieve that change.
- Then put them into a prioritised order that those things need doing in.
- Pick the first thing on the list. Break it down into tiny steps.
- Then just take the next step, then the next, and so on.
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” – Mark Twain
Stay focused on taking the next small steps consistently and persistently.
This is powerful because it makes the whole change process feel a whole load easier and manageable. It also creates momentum. And momentum is a powerful tool when navigating a path of change.
2. Re-frame your mindset
When creating change feels like a mountain to climb, do what climbers do:
Stop looking at the top of the mountain!
Once a climber has decided which mountain they are climbing and planned a route, they don’t stand at the bottom gazing at the top obsessing about how hard it is or how they will do every single step.
They just focus on the next few steps in front of them to be climbed. The same applies to you if you want to create change.
Once you have done point one above and worked out your route and the steps to get there, stop looking at the top of your mountain. Instead focus on the next few steps. Get them safely done. Then focus on the next few steps.
Focusing on the whole thing all the time will add to your feelings of overwhelm and it being really hard.
3. Celebrate progress, every step of the way.
If you are always focusing on how far you still have to go to create the change you want to have happen then you are going to end up very demotivated and, possibly, might even give up.
A great way to reduce that risk is to celebrate your progress, every step of the way.
Yes, you might still have three quarters of the mountain to climb, but look how far you have come since you started. Look at what has gone well. Look at setbacks and obstacles that you already dealt with and moved past. Look at the small steps you have just taken that have moved you that bit closer to achieving your goal.
Celebrating progress is a great way to keep motivation going and keeping a sense of perspective. Plus, it is good to inject some fun along the way. Make sure you celebrate progress regularly, no matter how small it is.
So have a think about a change you are currently making or would like to make. How might the three tips above help you create your change easier, with less overwhelm and make it a more enjoyable journey?
Share your answer to this question in the comments section below.