Spring forward: could this be the time to try something different?

Credit to Author: Hazel Morley| Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2020 00:13:55 +0000

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

As each season changes, I feel a sense of optimism and anticipation. This is especially so in the spring. Maybe it is because my birthday is in the springtime; maybe it’s the lighter days after the dark of winter; or maybe it is the emerging spring flowers. I usually feel a renewed sense of energy and creativity to start something new and break out of my comfort zone.

While I recognize that parts of our beautiful country are still covered in snow, and more cold and wet weather could still be on the horizon, and in addition, we are going through times of uncertainty and stress  with the Coronavirus, there is plenty of inspiration to find at this time of year.

Could spring be your time to take a risk and try something different, for a change? Are you comfortably uncomfortable? Are you dissatisfied with an area of your life and wish things were different but feel stuck in a rut, fear change, or are risk averse?

Review and re-evaluate

Three months into the year, now can be a great time to check in; to take stock of how your year is going and how satisfied you feel. As you review what you have achieved so far in your personal and professional life, remember to acknowledge the small victories; the day-to-day wins we take for granted when we are preoccupied with the everyday routine. You may not have done all you intended to do by now; you may have experienced some unexpected challenges and setbacks; you may have slipped back into old habits. Recognize this as part of the growth process. Remind yourself you are doing your best. Don’t get stuck in the cycle of blaming, shaming or complaining. Don’t be tempted to give up on your dreams and aspirations or lose sight of what is most important. Remember, you have choices.

Spring forth new ideas

Use this time to find one new idea, new hobby, new thought, habit or opportunity that will motivate and enable you to create more of what you want and less of what you don’t want.

Here are eight questions to get you started:

  1. What is one thing can you start doing, or do more of, that will move you towards your goals and intentions for 2020?
  2. What one habit can you let go of, or do less often, to move away from that which does not serve you well?
  3. How can you build your community and connections for support?
  4. How can you make yourself more marketable? How can you add value?
  5. What are your unmet needs? What small step can you take towards addressing one of these?
  6. What skill would you like to learn or refine?
  7. What brings you joy and creates ease in your mind and body?
  8. What new thought or belief would energize you?

Mindset is key

The energy required to make change and breakthroughs occur when the mind and body are relaxed. It is hard to find inspiration when you are feeling anxious, distracted or frustrated. Invest time day dreaming. Create some space for yourself where you will not be interrupted. Take a walk in nature, get unplugged. Get curious and ask questions. Listen to your heart and your gut (in addition to your head). Direct your attention towards your goals and intentions, and trust that you will find what you want.

Be mindful to not get distracted and derailed by:

  • Negative comments from others.
  • Negative self-talk and lack of self-belief.
  • Settling for less (the ‘good’ can be the enemy of the ‘best’).
  • Comfort and convenience (they can stop us growing).

Make a conscious choice to create something new this spring that will extend the boundaries of your comfort zone. As Anais Nin’s quote suggests, the risk of not taking action is often more painful (and can end in regret). Dare to blossom. You might just be amazed at what emerges.

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