Experts say it takes at least 30 days to develop a new habit. In my experience, it takes longer. Change is not easy. It requries commitment, patience, dedication, internal fortitude and great desire, which is the root of it all. Changes take time. Change takes focus. Change takes planning. In short, change takes real and concerted effort. If you want to change, here are some steps that might help.
DREAM – Envision exactly what you want. Dream the biggest dream you can dream. If it does not cause you to tremble in with both excitement and terror, it might not be a big enough dream.
You must commit to doing what you have to do in order to live the dream in your heart. Nothing great is ever accomplished without commitment.
You put a plan in place to set the goals necessary to accomplish your dream. Success happens when your dreams put on work clothes, sit down and create the plan and then get to work.
You take action. You do what you must do to accomplish your goals and work your plan. Dreams and plans are nothing without action. Even the greatest dreams and plans will live exiled on “Someday Isle” if we do not take the action necessary to implement them.
EXAMINE and LEARN
Stop and take the time to examine what is working and what is not working. It is only then that you can make necessary adjustments and recalibrate the direction you need to take to get where you want to go.
REMEMBER the DREAM
You also must take time to remember your dream. You need to remind yourself of your purpose, plans and beliefs, and why they are important to you. It is in remembering that you refuel your passion.
DEVELOP NEW HABITS
When you drive toward your dream with focus and determination, you change your behavior in consistent and powerful ways that create new habits that cause you to be more effective, focused and efficient.
You must celebrate your successes along the way. Life is a journey, not a destination so stop and celebrate how far you have come and refuel the dream in your heart.
Dawn Billings is the author of over 20 books and the founder of The Heart Link Women’s Network, a women’s networking organization with over 200 locations in US, Canada and Australia, specifically designed to aid women in growing their businesses together while strengthening their communities. Dawn is also the CEO and Founder of Find-Success.co, Heart to Heart Media, TROVA Business Network and President of DawnBillings.com a training company dedicated to touching lives in ways that can change the direction of hearts and create a better world. Check out Dawn Personality tool called the Primary Colors Personality Test.