Whether it’s a change in your lifestyle habits or a change of countries, people tend to lump their challenges into either the ‘too hard’ basket or ‘bring it on!’

It’s all about attitude and how change has shaped your past experiences. Like it or not, your perspective will play a major part in whether the change will be successful or not. My personal experience with managing change hasn’t always been smooth sailing, but with each challenge I have become more capable of adapting based on what I have learned from past experiences.

There is always a certain level of doubt about whether you can successfully navigate an upcoming change. This is natural and using some simple self-coaching can often bring about the confidence that is needed to take the critical first step forward. When life takes a turn unexpectedly, it’s hard to see clearly the optimum path to take, but the correct path shouldn’t be the first hurdle to tackle. When you’re planning for change or when change occurs out of the blue, the focus should be on yourself and cataloguing your resilient attributes.

Here are six thoughts to get you off the sideline and moving in the right direction:

  1. Before you write off the change as ‘impossible’ based on your historical experience, allow your heart to embrace what is possible. Your mind will talk you out of trying if you let it and ‘possibility thinking’ can often lead the way to making the impossible, possible.
  2. Try to recall circumstances where you have been successful in a similar endeavour and draw upon those tools for a second go-around.
  3. Leverage your personal strengths rather than focusing on what you believe you are lacking in skill or confidence. Great performers build their reputations on bringing their strengths to the party on each occasion, not on how they manage their weaknesses.
  4. Ask yourself first, “What’s the worst case scenario?” and write down your list of ‘cons’. Then ask yourself, what is the ‘most likely’ scenario and then the ‘best case’ scenario, writing down the pros and cons to each question. Share your answers with a friend to provide an alternative perspective.  What you may discover is that your cons are excuses and ones that can often be addressed without a major amount of resources or time.
  5. Inspiration for change can often be born out of an unlikely source. Think outwardly and away from your own benefit to how your action can result in something better for someone else. Did you know that helping others provides our bodies with the same endorphins that contribute to a healthy mind?
  6. Finally, look to how you can address each aspect of the change separately, rather than tackling the entire process in one go.

With a bit of planning, that change you thought you were dreading might just get you excited about what the future holds.