10 Mistakes to Avoid When Creating Change in Your Life
When you want to create change in your life, work, or business, it is important to be aware of common mistakes that many people make.
You can use that knowledge and awareness to be proactive with putting things in place to make sure that you avoid making those mistakes as you move forward.
Doing that is a great way to set yourself up to succeed with the change you want to create.
To help you get started with that, make sure you aren't making any of the 10 mistakes below. If you are, be proactive with addressing these things so they do not sabotage your progress and results.
10 Mistakes to Avoid When Creating Change in Your Life
1. Not having effective systems and procedures
Goals and action plans aren’t enough when it comes to creating change successfully. That is because change is a process and without systems and procedures to manage that process you risk progress being slow, getting derailed, or even not achieving the outcomes you desire at all.
Identify and implement the systems and procedures that will help you manage the change process effectively, keep you on the right track, and set you up to succeed. Review and adapt them regularly.
2. Not simplifying commitments and schedule
Creating change successfully requires time, effort, and focus. So, if your schedule is already packed with commitments and you are constantly busy then it is going to be very hard for you to commit the necessary time, attention, and effort to achieve the specific outcomes you desire.
Simplify your commitments and schedule and put boundaries in place to protect your time.
3. Not focusing on behaviour, habits, and emotions
When we embark on a path of change we spend a lot of time on what we need to do - external factors like goal setting and planning. But that is only half the story when it comes to creating change successfully. It is you who needs to execute the goals and plans so who you are "being" is just as important as what you are "doing".
It is important to assess internal factors like behaviour, habits, mindset, and emotions. These factors drive what you do and, therefore, your results. But they are often totally overlooked when creating change.
Whenever you want to change something always consider both external and internal factors together.
Identify and foster the behaviours, habits, mindset, and emotions that will help you achieve the specific results that matter most to you.
4. Not creating enough reserves
Creating change often requires way more reserves than you think. What I mean by reserves are things like reserves of time, money, support, mental and physical energy, planning, contingencies, etc.
Identify the reserves you need and take action to put them in place.
5. Not creating a support network
Having support is invaluable when you are trying to change something in your life or work.
For example, having a sounding board, accountability partner, mastermind group, mentor, or coach can help you progress faster, easier, and with fewer mistakes than trying to do it all alone.
Plus, if the going gets tough having support can give motivation and morale a valuable boost.
Identify the support you need and put it in place.
6. Not learning new skills
People often launch into creating change without working out what they need to learn or what new skills they need to set themselves up to succeed.
This one thing could be the difference between achieving your desired outcomes or not.
Identify what you need to learn or skills you need to develop to achieve your desired outcomes.
7. Asking the wrong people for advice
Whilst it might be useful to hear the opinions and ideas of family, friends, and colleagues, you need to think about whether they are the right person to advise you on the change you are creating.
For example, do they have experience of the change you want to create or are they an expert in that field? Do they have your best interests at heart or their own?
Always ask yourself if the person you are listening to is qualified to advise you on the change you are making. Choose wisely who you listen to.
8. Not seeking expert help
It can take you weeks, months, and even years of struggle if what you are working on is something you have never done before or not in your skillset.
Seeking out expert help can really speed things up, reduce mistakes, and avoid wasting time and effort going around in circles trying to figure it all out on your own.
9. Trying to change too much at once
This is a recipe for disaster, not to mention increasing stress and overwhelm.
You are more likely to succeed with the changes you want to create if you phase them and pace yourself.
Create a strong action plan broken down into small, manageable chunks. Step by step is the way to go!
10. Not prioritising mental and physical energy
Creating change requires extra mental and physical energy, over and above what you need in your daily life and work.
Plus, research shows that people who prioritise their health and wellbeing are more effective.
As creating change depends on your personal effectiveness, neglecting this area is a big mistake. A car can’t drive to a destination if it has no fuel or is poorly maintained. Nor can you.
Create a self-care plan that increases and protects your mental and physical energy levels.
Use these 10 points as a checklist to put things in place to avoid making these common mistakes as you work on creating change in your life, work, or business so that you are setting yourself up to succeed in achieving the specific outcomes you want.