“Taking the plunge” – to make a decision to do something, especially after thinking about it for a long ​time

Christmas is a strange time of year for many people. Not just because we remember loved ones that are no longer with us but it makes us reflect on the year we have had.

I have had several discussions with friends over the last week about life in general and the things that are missing in our lives. Be it someone to share special moments with, breaking out of a slump or getting some job satisfaction.

No matter how old we are, it is never too late to make changes in our life for the better.

I saw this question in an article about questions to ask on a date. “If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living?” Not sure I would ask this on a date but if the answer is yes, why procrastinate, take the plunge and make a plan to change in 2016.

I have been asked several times on how I went about changing my life in 2015. It is all about planning, organisation as well as 2 key areas to consider for life change to be effective.

  1. Circumstance
  2. Attitude

For example if you want to find someone to share your life with but you spend all your time at work, something in both your circumstances and attitude needs to be adjusted to fulfil your goal. Likewise if you want to change career.

Depending on what facet of your life that your would like to adjust any of the following could apply.

  • Change your routine. If you’re going to change your life’s circumstances, you have to change the things you do every single day.
  • Join activities that you are interested in but that will add a different social aspect to your life to meet new people. Group travel is an excellent way to do this.
  • Question yourself “are you doing what is needed to reach the goal”.
  • Do your homework. What skills and knowledge to you already excel at if you want to change career.
  • Do research, study and learn new skills to help you achieve your new goals.
  • Improve your existing relationships personally and professionally. Take the time and invest in those you have perhaps been neglecting in the past.
  • Use every opportunity to build new relationships with people you meet. Be brave and strike up conversations. New opportunities can come from many angles and resources so be proactive.
  • Take small steps to go outside of your comfort zone by trying to do something you’ve never done before, eat something new.
  • Live for today, don’t dwell on the past you can’t change it. Stop worrying about the future, you have a plan.
  • As always be positive! Your perception of the circumstance is more important that the circumstances themselves. There are always people worse off.
  • There is no need to keep up with the Jones’s. Don’t compare yourself to others this just leads to being overly critical and jealous.
  • Get in shape. Exercising regularly not only keeps you looking your best, it will improve your cardiovascular health, reduce your likelihood for certain diseases, give you more energy.
  • Change your wardrobe. Make an effort to look your best every day.

Life is like owning a home,  there are always things to improve or redesign we just need to invest the time to keep it spruced up. My lifestyle and health have improved by the changes I made in 2015. Here’s to taking the plunge with new goals and life changes in 2016!

Merry Christmas. Wishing you all Good Health and Happiness for the coming year.