Are you feeling stuck, bored, or restless? Is your job unfulfilling? Are you questioning your relationship or wanting to bring one into your life? Do you want to get more serious about your health but feel unmotivated? Maybe you want something different and new in your life and aren’t sure where to begin.
Here are three suggestions to jump-start or speed up your process of creating change.
1. Do Something Different
Doing something different in your daily routine moves stagnant energy so that new things can come. Brush your teeth or your hair with the opposite hand. Drive an uncommon route to work. Do a different exercise than your usual go-to routine. Eat your meals in another location in your house. Walk the dog on a less-traveled path. You get the idea.
Doing different things moves the energy out of the mundane, everyday rhythm and shakes things up to create the space for new experiences. Yes, it can be this simple! Plus, it’s fun. Seriously brushing your teeth with the opposite hand is not that easy!
2. Practice Gratitude and Appreciation
We hear about the importance of gratitude. The more things you are grateful for, the more reasons you will have to be grateful. It’s not a Pollyanna positive mindset. It is legitimately about the energy. When feeling gratitude, you are creating more positive energy in your life, and what you put out, you get back. You are bringing more good things into your life.
One way to practice gratitude is The Five-Minute Journal. This little gem is quick and effective. You start each day with a quote to read. Then you list three things you are grateful for, three things that would make today great, specific to that day, and two “I am” statements. In the evening, you list “three amazing things” that happened that day and two things you could have done differently. The beginning of the book explains the science behind the exercises.
Another way to create change is by appreciation. Sometimes gratitude can seem elusive. Appreciation may be more accessible. In this case, note things you appreciate, such as your dog, your thick hair, your laugh with a co-worker, and the yummy cookie you enjoyed. If you are witnessing another’s life, even celebrities, appreciate what you see instead of wishing you had it, putting you in a place of lack. For example, if you are seeking a relationship and you know someone who has a relationship you admire, appreciate what you see in that relationship. “I appreciate that they hold hands” or “I appreciate how much they laugh together”. Even with celebrities: “I appreciate their financial freedom”. Abraham-Hicks talks about this often. What you put out, you bring to you, so the more you appreciate, the more you bring the object of the appreciation into your life.
3. Do the Inner Work
Our outer world is a reflection of our inner world. We all have stuff that interferes with our ability to create what we desire in life, such as trauma, wounds, negative patterns and beliefs, and karma to work through. These elements impact how we react and respond and what we allow in our lives.
For example, if you have unhealed trauma from childhood that creates the belief that you aren’t good enough, you will allow yourself to be treated poorly in relationships. Children of alcoholics or abusive parents are one environment in which this negative belief occurs. You may gravitate towards toxic relationships that validate this belief or perpetuate codependent behavior to prove your value and worth to the other person so that they stick around. Doing the inner work means healing the wounds from these traumas and creating new patterns in your mind with positive self-images more aligned with the truth that you are worthy and lovable and not the illusion of unworthiness or not good enough.
I am a big believer in a multifaceted approach to healing that combines traditional practices with alternative and spiritual methods. Some examples include standard therapy and methods such as EMDR and brain spotting, meditation, energy work, sound healing, past life regression work, dowsing, and hypnotherapy. There are many to choose from so do your research, ask for referrals and as always, trust your intuition to guide you as to what method and which practitioners are right for you.
Change is happening all around us. These three suggestions allow you to take charge of creating some of the changes you want to see in your life. You will gain inner resources to respond to or adapt to life’s unexpected changes. Finally, you will be happier and lighter and have a more balanced and functional life.