One day there may come a moment when we want to change our lives. This desire arises because we feel that we “grew” out of the way of life that we have now. Or due to third-party circumstances that we cannot influence.
Whatever the reason for beginning a new life chapter, it is important to approach it correctly; otherwise, you risk getting stuck in one rut. Here’s how to truly change your life.
10 tips to start a new chapter in your life
Let go of the past
Starting a new chapter means closing the page on what felt familiar, safe, and convenient.
In life, you cannot go back and relive the previous chapters as if you reread a book. The only movement you can make is forward.
To unleash the full potential of the next phase of your life, you need to let go of the past. You won’t be able to focus on moving forward and creating a new story if you are still mentally immersed in the past.
Moving on shouldn’t be difficult. Don’t focus on the past or the future. Concentrate on today and what you can do to change your life and yourself for the better.
Think about who you want to become and what to do
One of the benefits of starting a new chapter is the freedom to be who you want to be.
There is a whole chapter in front of you, full of blank pages, where you can write whatever you want. The ability to develop, create your environment, choose minor characters – all this is in your hands.
Give yourself time to think about it and decide what you can do to make it come true.
Now imagine that you are a person who has always done what was expected of him. You made only the “correct” decisions. But suddenly, you realize that you are not satisfied with the life you are living. You wanted to change your life and experience all the possibilities that it offers. You are ready to turn the past page and move on to the new.
Before you “at full speed” move on to a new chapter in life, make a list of what you want to experience, where to go, what to do. Write down any goals, big or small, before you start making changes. This way, you will determine what you need and avoid impulsive decisions that can become erroneous.
Try new things
If your list of goals for a new chapter in life includes things you always wanted to try, but you never had time, it’s time to start translating them into reality.
It doesn’t have to be as big and expensive as travelling around the world or buying a new car. Our capabilities do not always coincide with desires. To try new things, you can define small goals – they do and “big” ones to help us get out of our comfort zone.
For example, promise yourself to quit smoking in the next chapter of your life. Or set a goal for 15 minutes of stretching each day. Make a reading plan of books you haven’t read in genres yet. Even such small everyday things aimed at new healthy habits can help us open up to change.
Find yourself a hobby
If you don’t have a hobby, a new chapter in your life is a great excuse to start one.
Hobbies help you relieve stress and focus on an activity you enjoy. And also take a break from the stressful things. You do something enjoyable, and you feel happier, more relaxed, and better equipped to deal with the changes in your life.
And then some hobbies improve the functioning of our brain.
Treat change with the “I can do everything” mindset
When faced with change, there is one important tool to help you succeed. It is an attitude of change with the “I can do everything” attitude.
Success in the next chapter of your life will require a strong belief that you can do it. It would be best if you believe in yourself. Convince yourself that everything will be okay with you, that you will achieve your goals, and failure will not be able to stop you on your way.
Make a visualization board
A visualization board is a picture of what you are dreaming of. You can use Whatman paper and magazine clippings to create. Or “collect” an image on a computer from images found on the Internet.
Take time every day to look at your board and feel the emotions you associate with doing everything depicted on it. And then it’s worth turning your dreams into goals and deciding how you can achieve them.
Change your environment
A new chapter in life requires new skills and goals and often a new support system.
You may need to reconsider relationships that are negatively affecting your new lifestyle. For example, people may maintain bad habits that you decided to give up and sincerely do not understand why. Or there will be those who will prove that you made the decision to change in vain and that nothing will work out for you.
No matter how difficult it is, communication with such people will be reduced to zero. And if this is impossible, you need to learn not to succumb to their influence or build a conversation so that there is no opportunity for criticism of your decisions.
Embrace your fear
The bravest people do not have absolute fearlessness. They are courageous because they don’t let fear stop them from getting what they want. There is always something to fear of failure, success, omission, error. There is no end to this list.
To get out of your comfort zone, you need to feel confident moving forward despite your fear. Accept that worrying and worrying is a completely normal reaction to change. And here, you can read how to become bolder and more determined.
You change your lifestyle, and some discomfort may be associated with this, such as doubts about whether you are on the right path or from the disapproval of the people around you.
You will have good days; you will have bad days. Today, you may feel completely frustrated at the top of the world and the next day.
Be patient, even if not everything conceived immediately turns out, or changes are accompanied by sharp ups and downs, including mood. Allow yourself to be a person who does not blame himself for mistakes made on the way to change for the better.
Take time to take care of yourself
Because of the changes around you, it is easy to get lost in the abundance of things to do. Life changes, you change, nothing remains the same.
Now more than ever, you need to make time to take care of yourself. This should be part of your new routine.
Facilitate this change process by regularly taking time to your mental and emotional well-being. Make sure to set aside time for relaxation and activities that delight you, as well as socializing with people who support you.