Ever wonder why it can feel really hard to make change happen? Well, the causes can by many and complex. They also vary from person to person. But today, we are just going to focus on one really important factor that impacts the majority of us. And it is this:

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The First Step To Making Change Happen

The First Step To Making Change HappenEver wonder why it can feel really hard to make change happen?

Well, the causes can by many and complex. They also vary from person to person.

But today, we are just going to focus on one really important factor that impacts many people.

And it is this:

People are so permanently overscheduled that a lot of the time they are just peddling their day to day hamster wheels so damn hard that there is no time to take new action to create new results.

And that is a huge problem if you want to change something in any area of your life.

Here’s why:

Change only happens when you have time, space and energy to do something different.

So, if you want to change any area of your life, the first step is to create time and space to work on the changes you want to create. 

I know it can be hard if you feel you have umpteen things on your plate and it seems like you don’t have enough time to do it all.

But think about this:

If you can’t/won’t/don’t find a way to make some space you are saying “no” to change for the better and “yes” to the same old same old.

So, here is something to experiment with:

Get out your diary or whatever you use for scheduling.

Put in your diary a minimum 30 minute time slot for this week (or a couple of hours if you can). Protect that time slot like your life depends on it. Use that time to pick one thing you would like to change. And just make a start on the steps to make it happen.

I always encourage my private clients to have a minimum 2 hour slot a week of just time and space to work on change, new stuff, ideas etc. But you may find it easier to start with 30 mins a week and build up gradually.

Now, here is the important thing. Doing this as a one off is going to change diddly squat.

The power in doing this is to do it regularly. And by that I mean every week.

Here comes a bit of tough love folks – please don’t tell yourself “I don’t have enough time to do this”. Because you don’t have time NOT to do it, because that will keep you stuck.

Ask yourself this question:

What do I need to do to make sure I do this every week?

Because if you decide to find a way, you will.

Having time and space, on a regular basis, is the first step to creating change. Find a way to make it part of your weekly routine.

Have fun playing with this.

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  • guest

    Hi Ali,

    This week I lost a piece of work that has been regular and interesting, and naturally will create a reduction in income. After the initial emotional reaction, I decided to look at it in the most positive light, that this is an opportunity to let something new i,n which is something I’ve wanted for a while but didn’t have TIME to do anything about it! Now I have the time but have been pondering over the last 48 hours how to make a start. I now, thanks to you, have a slot of one hour in my diary tomorrow morning and another hour on Friday to start to plan.

    This has been a very valuable visit to your site, and I thank you for it.

    Kindest regards
    Carol

  • Carol,
    Loving your mindset about the lost piece of work “an opportunity to let something new in”. Good for you. Great to hear you have scheduled time slots to get stuck in to the change you want to get rolling. Hope they are productive sessions for you. I am delighted you found this post so useful.

  • Sue Mitchell

    Once again, you’ve hit the nail on the head. This is why I love parallel work sessions–it’s a way of roping off time for the new thing and having support as you navigate through any strangeness. 🙂 Trying to fit transformation in between other stuff on your to-do list just isn’t going to work, LOL.

  • I agree Sue. You have to make this stuff a priority and put strong boundaries in place to protect it.

  • Stephanie_The_Recipe_Renovator

    Great idea!

  • Thanks Stephanie. Glad you liked it.

  • PiaSav

    I agree that change is good but my life has been all about change. For the first time I feel settled and that too is a wonderful feeling!
    http://courtingdestiny.com

  • Lorraine C. Ladish

    I find that the biggest downfall of most people is lack of consistency. I think the most important message here is: The power in doing this is to do it regularly. And by that I mean every week. … yes! Great post.

  • Spot on Lorraine – consistency matters. It is what we do regularly that determines our reality.

  • How lovely Pia.

  • Great advice! We have to make the time to do things and take steps then to make those changes happen!

  • Yes indeed. There will always be things trying to steal our time and attention. It is our responsibility to ensure we continually make time and space for what is most important.