How has your summer been, have you found chance to take stock of your life and things you’d like to change? When schools re-open after the summer break, it can feel like the start of a new year. Are there negative patterns you’ve found yourself running or have you realised that positive habits have fallen by the wayside?
Start by identifying what specific aspects of yourself you want to change. This could be related to behaviour, habits, attitudes, or traits. Be honest with yourself about what you dislike and why.
Define clear and achievable goals for the changes you want to make. Make sure your goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART goals). This will help you stay focused and track your progress.
Cultivate a positive mindset. Understand that change takes time and effort. Embrace self-compassion and avoid being overly critical of yourself.
Research and gather information about the changes you want to make. Look for self-help books, or online resources. An excellent place to start is with my secrets to happiness roadmap which will give you everything you need and guide you through the process.
Break down your goals into smaller, manageable steps. Create a plan detailing how you will work on each aspect you want to change. This plan will serve as your roadmap.
Consistency is key. Commit to making small, consistent efforts toward your goals each day. Change is gradual, and practicing consistently will lead to sustainable results.
If you’re trying to change specific behaviours or habits, consider using techniques like habit stacking, positive reinforcement, or cognitive-behavioural strategies to replace negative patterns with positive ones.
Don’t hesitate to ask for support from friends, family, or professionals. Share your goals with someone you trust who can offer encouragement, feedback, and accountability.
Be open to learning from setbacks and failures. It’s normal to encounter challenges along the way. Instead of getting discouraged, view these as opportunities to learn and adjust your approach.
Acknowledge and celebrate your achievements along the way, no matter how small they may seem. Celebrating progress reinforces your commitment and boosts your confidence.
Changing oneself is a journey that requires patience and persistence. Stay committed to your goals and keep moving forward, even when progress seems slow.
As an ex-athlete I’ve always advocated the benefits of keeping in shape physically, but it’s just as important to look after your mental wellbeing. Book a session with Wendy, she’s the person to help you look after your brain just as you would your body.
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The most exciting thing in the world is getting a chance to tear it all up and start again. Keep all the things you want and throw out everything you don’t. Wendy will help you do just that!
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It’s great to have a leading psychotherapist such as Wendy in the Cheshire area, outside of her Harley Street practice. After publicly raising awareness of mental health issues and myself recovering from depression, I know how immensely life-changing expert intervention can be.
Retired ex-professional football who played for Bury, Wigan, Stoke, Preston, Norwich, Leicester and Brighton during a 14 year career. After leaving professional football, Jason battled depression and recovered with the help of therapy and family support.