Change is a scary proposition for most of us. We all logically understand that change is necessary and can be a wonderful thing; yet, the fear of the unknown and the fear of failure still sometimes gets the best of us. So, here are three things you can do to help yourself manage change successfully:

1. Have a plan. Whether you initiated the change in your life, someone else decided for you, or even if chance intervened, you must take back control! If the fear of the unknown is an issue, this is the best possible way to alleviate that fear. You decide where you are going and where you want to be! Create your own final destination because, as the saying goes, if you don’t know where you are going, then any road will do! Having your own goals and a plan for achieving them puts you back in the driver’s seat.

2. Focus on what really counts. Don’t allow yourself to be derailed from your plan. Create your action steps and focus on them every day. There are plenty of distractions out there and they can take over your life if you let them. When you find yourself overwhelmed, frustrated, or distracted, ask yourself the question, “What is the best use of your time right now?” or “Is this task or activity moving me in the direction of my goal?”, and then act accordingly!

3. Stay positive! YOU must believe you can! Too often we get stuck focusing on all the things that we can’t do. You must challenge yourself to focus instead on what you CAN do! You must have faith and believe in yourself and the power of your dreams!

Tony Robbins says, “Change is inevitable; progress is not.” Challenge yourself to create positive progress with every change in your life! And remember—if you will do one thing different every single day, you have the power to make every one of your tomorrows better than today.

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