Change, It’s Benefits & How to do it

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Change has been on my mind.  It’s that time of year.  January is the month of NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS and making plans for the future.  I can’t help thinking about how much I changed last year and wondering at the changes that will come in 2016.

I was once someone very different, then I changed.  I was once someone without an autoimmune disorder and then something changed and I became someone with ITP.  Which makes me think I am capable of changing back.

We all change all the time.  It is natural.  It is what keeps life exciting.  We grow, age, learn, develop, interact and are changed by the world and people around us.  So with all this change going on, how can we be sure we are making the right changes.  If we don’t stop and take notice, we might end up changed for the worse.

We are going to change whether we like it or not – So why not make sure we like it?  And why not be happy about the Benefits of that change?

The Benefits of Change

  • Change is the only path to improvement.
  • Change bring about the possibility of personal growth.
  • It helps you adapting to different days, keeping your mind and body flexible.
  • Change gives you have a chance to reevaluate your life, what you value and what is important.
  • Change ensures you are not dull.

I have been reading a lot of articles on ZEN HABITS, a wonderful website.  My favourite at the moment is HOW TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE: A User’s Guide.

How to do it – The Following has been taken from that article

  • One Change at a Time. You can break this rule, but don’t be surprised if you fail. Do one change for a month before considering a second. Only add another change if you were successful at the first.
  • Start Small.  Start with 10 minutes or less. Five minutes is better if it’s a hard change. If you fail at that, drop it to 2 minutes.
  • Do it at the same time each day. OK, not literally at the same minute, like at 6:00 a.m., but after the same trigger in your daily routine — after you drink your first cup of coffee in the morning, after you arrive at work, after you get home, after you brush your teeth, shower, eat breakfast, wake up, eat lunch, turn on your computer, first see your wife each day.
  • Make a huge commitment to someone. Or multiple people. Make sure it’s someone whose opinion you respect.
  • Be accountable. The tool you use doesn’t matter — you can post to Facebook or Twitter, email someone, mark it on a calendar, report in person. Just make sure you’re accountable each day, not each month. And make sure the person is checking. If they don’t check on you, you need to find a new accountability partner or group.
  • Have consequences. The most important consequence for doing or not doing the daily habit is that if you don’t, the people will respect you less, and if you do, they’ll respect you more. If your accountability system isn’t set up this way, find another way to do it.
  • Enjoy the change. If you don’t do this, you might as well find another change to make. If the daily action feels tedious and chore-like, then you are doing it wrong. Find a way to enjoy it, or you won’t stick to it long. Or find some other change you enjoy more.

If you still feel like reading about the joys of change – here is an inspiring little list of 50 WAYS we can change on a daily basis for a happier more productive life.  I didn’t write it.

by Meg

Meghan Brewster is a writer and blogger. She is an ITP patient and launched ITP&Me in 2011. She is a coffee lover and a try hard dancer. @meghan_brewster

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