How are things going for you? No, really, how are things going?
If you hesitated in answering, it might be time to take a closer look at this article. After all, we all need fresh starts from time to time, especially when we find we’re dissatisfied and unhappy in our lives. Don’t believe it? Then check out these statements and see if any of them sound like you.;
You Feel Like a Failure
Are things not going well in your life? Has it been a while since you’ve experienced anything which even looks remotely like success? If so, cheer up. This isn’t about failure; it’s about you chasing the wrong goals. You’re perfectly capable of success when you’re in the right place at the right time.
Everything is Dragging
If progress is feeling slow, and every day you’re either thinking, standing still, or at best, moving forward in inches, not miles, it might be because you’re ready for a change. What is no longer challenging you in your life? How are you holding yourself back?
When Was the Last Time You Fed an Impulse
We all get those odd desires that doing a certain thing makes all the sense in the world. We’re energetic, enthusiastic, and we cannot wait to jump in and get started. If this feeling seems alien to you right now, your excitement meter has run out. It’s time for a change.
You’re Anxious all the Time
Anxiety is a lot of worry turned inward. What is it you’re afraid of? How is your life giving you too much stress and too little reward? What needs to be resolved so you can feel more relaxed and confident about the future?
You Feel Bogged Down
Your feet are dragging because you’re hauling a lot of baggage from the past right along with you. If your self-talk is full of chatter about mistakes you’ve made in the past, if you’re forever apologizing for things you never did but which you feel responsible for all the same, you need a fresh start, if only to let go of the past.
If you found more things resonating on this list than you expected, it might be time to consider making a fresh start in your life. Don’t be dismayed, though. This is an exciting place to be, where you get to plan the next steps and decide for yourself just what you want your life to look like. The key here is to take this knowledge, do something about it, and not just sit on it and hope things will get better. You need to act if you expect to succeed.
5 Things to Ask When Looking for a Fresh Start
That’s it. You’ve had it. Life is just not going as well as you’d like. It’s time for a change, a Fresh Start if you will. But how do you know where to even begin? Especially if you’re still neck-deep in a life you want to escape.
It’s simple. You start by asking yourself these five questions:
What Are You Looking For?
Too often, what we’re thinking is a change in our life is nothing more than a dressed-up version of the old. To avoid falling into this trap, start looking for real and actual change. Start by asking the hard questions: What do you want out of life? How are you not getting this? What would you need to do to attain this? What’s one positive change which would place you closer to this dream?
How Many Risks Are You Willing to Take?
Fresh starts will demand a certain commitment from you, which manifests in how much of yourself you’re willing to put into the project. If you’re not willing to risk a new way of life, or much in the way of change, you’re not going to have much success.
What is Different About the Life You’re Proposing
If you’re looking for a new beginning, there has to be something ‘new,’ or you’re not starting over at all. You are merely continuing what you’ve been doing all along. What is the thing you haven’t done before?
What Are You Giving Up?
A new beginning means something else is ending. What are you leaving behind? Keep in mind this question doesn’t necessarily imply you need to abandon every aspect of your past. Sometimes we’re leaving behind only a small part of our life.
Are You Truly Ready to Let Go of the Past?
This last question can be hard because you might not know this answer until you’ve begun. Every fresh start is doomed to failure if you’re weighed down with a lot of baggage from the past. At the very least, though, it helps to have a positive attitude about letting go and are willing to do the work to make this happen.
In the end, these questions will give you some idea of what to expect as you embark on this journey of letting go. After all, being prepared truly is half the battle.