You don’t move forward if everything in your life is calm and easy. What’s more, you stay in your comfort zone even when a great opportunity to do better comes your way. The precursor to growth and development is precisely uncomfortable signs and emotions. But only if you interpret them correctly and do not ignore the situation. We have gathered a few signs that will tell you that you are on the right path.
1. You’ll stop taking life lightly
But don’t worry – it’s not forever. It’s just that the moment you finally get on the path to the necessary changes, life will start to seem incredibly difficult to you. You will have to overcome yourself and your laziness, do what you are afraid to do, face the disapproval of others, go through a lot of stress, and so on. All this will put a certain imprint on your perception of reality. But once you overcome all the difficulties, everything will fall back into place, and you will continue to live at your own comfortable pace.
2. You realize the need for change
At some point, you realize that you can no longer live your life as you used to. You never know how that realization will come to you. You may become disillusioned with yourself and your actions, remember what you dreamed of, change your priorities, and so on. No matter what the reason may be, from this moment on, the thought that you need to change something will not leave you alone. It signifies your readiness to act and is a harbinger of your growth and development.
3. You will doubt the rightness of your natural behaviour
At some point, what has always seemed to you as an indisputable truth – your views, your behavior model, your knowledge of the world around you – can stop working. You will change yourself, leading to other changes in your life. You’ll begin to wonder more and more often if this is the right thing to do and nothing else. And it may turn out that you really need to reexamine their beliefs and habits for their own good.
4. You will cease to know where to go next
It’s okay to change something in your life without fully understanding where your next step will take you. Thinking through every action down to the last detail is no point in overly planning something. In the process, circumstances can change your original plan beyond recognition.
Don’t understand where to go next – just stop focusing on the distant future. Ask yourself what you need to do to achieve your desired result right now. Each new step you take gives you a little more knowledge, skills, and experience to determine the next.
5. You will give up what was important to you
To get on the path of change and arrive at what you dream, you must sacrifice something. You may worry about giving up a favourite pastime, a person with whom you share a lot of common memories, a place where you’ve lived most of your life. But remember, most of the time, it’s for the best: you can’t get too attached to something or someone. It can play havoc with you, and you’ll miss out on a great opportunity that may never come up again.
If you are thinking about giving up something important to you to achieve a goal, then you have already set your priorities and made your choice. Think about these words the next time you’re in doubt about your decisions.
6. You’ll experience the need for solitude
It would help if you spent time alone to identify your true needs and desires and make decisions to help you meet them. This will allow you to distance yourself from other people’s advice, opinions, and judgments and hear yourself out. For a certain time, it’s perfectly normal not to schedule meetings with your family, not to see your friends, and to drop out of your social life. Allow yourself to understand better what you need from life.
7. You’ll start to feel anxious
In the process of change, your life turns out to be unpredictable. The lack of stability, the lack of confidence that you’re doing things right, the constant exposure to stressful situations – all these things make you feel anxious. You may feel confused and unsure of yourself and your actions, but the most important thing for you at this stage is to continue to act on the plan, not let your emotions lead you astray.
8. You’ll encounter things you’ve been trying to avoid
As long as you stay in your comfort zone, you can control most of your life by walking away from unwanted situations. When you start to change your life, one way or another, you will have to face things you’ve been trying to avoid for a long time. To achieve what you want, you must conquer your fears and keep moving forward despite any fears. Once you face what you’re afraid of, it will be much easier for you to make the right decisions because you’ll understand that all fears are only in your head.
9. You’ll lose people
Not all of them, of course, but only those who have been pulling you down for a long time, preventing you from growing and developing. Not all of your loved ones really are. Many people stay with you as long as you seem comfortable or as long as they are satisfied that you are on the same level. As long as you criticize everyone around you with your friends, pity each other, and hate your life, you will be together.
As soon as you decide to make a change, their attitude toward you may suddenly deteriorate. Instead of friendly support and joy for your first successes, you will see their envy, anger, and resentment. But know this: you do not lose anything by parting with such people. It’s unlikely that you want people in your environment who can only gloat over failures.
10. You will make mistakes
You can stay in your comfort zone for a long time and do what you’re used to and what you’re good at. But once you start changing your life, you’re faced with new information, experiences, and actions. Of course, if you’re doing something for the first time, the risk that you’ll make a mistake is great. The important thing to remember here is that your mistakes move you forward, too. Through them, you learn valuable lessons that will help you succeed in the future.