5 Steps To Positive Change

October 19, 2017

If you’ve been following ‘Cowboy’ Don Tolman for a while, you’ll know that his powerful message of Self Care and Self Education is all about inspiring people to take responsibility for their own health and reigniting their creative imagination.

In my 14 years of bringing Don to Australia, facilitating his live events and meeting literally thousands of people who have been inspired to walk this path, it’s been incredible to watch so many change their life by embracing these principles.

But for those who have struggled to make this positive change sustainable, the biggest obstacle always seems to come down to “Self Leadership”.

Self Leadership is about knowing it’s time to change course and directing this change.

It’s about finding the fortitude to break free of rusty old habits that are weighing you down, which often takes courage. Courage is about resolving to make change, even though this process may be unfamiliar, uncomfortable and slightly tainted with fear of the unknown.

Sometimes this resolve comes when you get to breaking point and at other times it’s an easy transition.

But if at any time you’ve faced a ‘road block’ in any area of your life – health, relationships, career or finances – I want to share with you 5 key steps to positive change that I’ve found useful at various stages in my own life that may help you:

  1. Focus on your desired OUTCOME – Clearly identify the limiting beliefs or destructive patterns that are controlling your life that need to be disrupted. Get clear on the positive outcome you want to create and set a defined or measurable target;
  2. Identify the REASONS you need this change – ‘Reasons’ are kind of like the fuel that will drive you to your outcome or destination. By regularly tuning in to these reasons you’ll be more likely to stay on track when the inevitable bumps in the road appear;
  3. Take consistent ACTION – Whether it’s baby steps or a defining moment where you resolve to create immediate change, the key is to make some type of progress no matter what. It comes down to defining some simple, new, daily non-negotiables;
  4. REVIEW your progress regularly – Depending on your desired outcome, set yourself some mini time-frames e.g. 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year to check in with yourself on how you’re tracking. If things are working, it usually means the ‘reasons’ aren’t compelling enough, so you may need to revisit this step;
  5. Choose your circle of INFLUENCE wisely – who you hang out with, connect with and what you read and watch on a daily basis will either be ‘constructive’ or ‘destructive’ to your progress.  Make a conscious effort to avoid negative people, the news (which is almost always negative) and nourish your mind, body and spirit with positive vibes and energy e.g. through outdoor activities, personal development books, uplifting facebook groups, inspiring podcasts, events etc.

Where do I start?

Taking the first step is always the hardest…but the key is to keep it simple.

And go into it realising that any change that’s positive, usually requires some type of disruption of old patterns which can be uncomfortable, but it’s only in this realm that personal growth really occurs.

That’s why fortune always favours the brave.