Making a change for the better isn’t always easy. In fact, making a change is rarely easy. Yet some people are motivated by change while others are intimidated by it. Making a change can mean making progress, or it can mean failing. So it’s the people who are not afraid of failure that find it easier to make changes. Those are the people who know that failure means learning from mistakes, so they are not afraid to make any. They are the people who go for it.
“The scariest moment is always just before you start.”
Lately I too have been wanting to make a change. We’re not talking anything wild or crazy. No picking up and moving across the country or dying my hair green. I’m not exactly the rebellious type. Nor am I typically afraid of making a change, at least when I am motivated to go for it.
When I worked in a corporate environment I found it so much easier to be a go-getter. That climb up the ladder was such a fantastic challenge. I loved what I did for a living and simply wanted more of it, so motivation came easily.
Self-employment, while a change in itself, has been a different kind of path for me. Though it certainly has its perks, I find it harder to keep pushing on alone. To keep myself motivated is substantially more challenging. And then there is the added factor of being a parent and working from home, which provides many easy-to-follow distractions.
So this change I want to make has to do with my career, and carving out the time and motivation to accomplish a few goals that have been lingering in my mind for a while. It’s time. I know it is, but….
And therein lies my problem. The word “but” just keeps coming into play, stopping me from making a change for the better. Then I get angry at myself, since change has not ever been something I was afraid of – until now.
Recently I learned that the award-winning Unstuck platform has launched online Life Courses, to help people create a personalized approach for tackling changes related to career, relationships, friendships, and more. I jumped on the chance to take the course and see if it could help me figure out why I keep getting in my own way. Made up of inspiring videos, insightful exercises and downloadable worksheets, this life courses gives users a personalized action plan to help improve their lives.
The “Making a Change” life course contains several 20-minute sessions and is self-paced, so it is easy to complete over a 4-5 day period, or sooner. This quick, individualized and helpful course provided me with ideas, insights into my own roadblocks, and tips for overcoming them in small pieces that are easy to digest. The platform itself is completely limitless in the number of times it can be accessed, an important factor for people on the go. It is designed for busy people. And, really, aren’t we all busy people?
Just a few days ago before I did this “Making a Change” course, I wasn’t quite sure what my hang-ups were or why I was getting in my own way. This course asked several key questions that helped me think things through in a clearer way and make adjustments to what was stopping me. After an honest look at the situation, I am more aware of my own fears, and what I can do to break through them. It’s still not comfortable, but now I can break it out into tasks and take smaller steps that will create these bigger changes.
With risk comes a natural fear of failure. Sometimes we avoid taking the risk so we don’t have to face failure. (At least I assume that it’s not just me who does this!) The irony is that making mistakes is often how we learn. And the better we get at learning from our mistakes, the more at ease we’ll become with them.
People get stuck all the time, in all parts of their lives. You don’t have to be afraid of making a change either. Whether you need to get unstuck from a professional or personal perspective, this quick life course may help you too. If so, check it out for yourself at http://www.unstuck.com/.
What change do YOU want to make?
Disclosure: I received complimentary access to the “Making a Change” Life Course from Unstuck for this sponsored blog post. Learn more at http://www.unstuck.com/. All opinions are my own.