Change can be exciting by taking one small step at a time

This is the sixth of 7 core principles when facing challenges in retirement.

It is a human characteristic to resist change. Stop and think of significant times in your life when you have been unwilling to engage in change. In my profession of teaching, I recall a new Principal arriving at our school and immediately began to institute significant changes. On reflection I can see it was necessary to bring change but initially there was a lot of resistance as the changes meant we as a staff had to move beyond our comfort zones. We had had a principal we were all happy working for and all of a sudden the ‘boss’ became the enemy. Not a good way to institute changes. 

The trick about change is taking small steps one at a time. Begin with the end in mind so you know what the big goal is you are wanting to achieve. Then think about the necessary mini steps you will need to take. Break down the big goal into small goals which are manageable and achievable. 

For the significant people in your life, you want to be part of the achieved goal, bring them on the journey with you by clearly communicating your goal with them. Keep discussions open and ongoing.

Record your thinking in some way. Write your big goal and the mini steps to achievement; draw your big goal achieved showing the mini steps it took to get there.

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About Estelle Kelly

Estelle Kelly ACC is an Associate Certified Coach member of the International Coach Federation. Estelle has over twenty years of experience in the education and welfare sectors, and specialises in coaching her clients towards a happy and successful retirement.