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How to Get Ready for a Personal Transformation

How do you know if you are ready for a personal transformation? As with many things, success depends on proper preparation. Here are 6 preconditions you’ll need to have in place before you can achieve any meaningful transformation.

If you want to transform your life, it starts with just one small step, but that first step is often the hardest one to take. When you feel you are ready to make some changes in your life, but aren’t sure where to start, begin by having these in place.

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Prepare Yourself for a Personal Transformation

Start From a Place of Full Transparency

To transform your life effectively, you first need to start in a place of full transparency.

What does this mean?

This means being completely (perhaps brutally) honest with yourself about the circumstances surrounding your current life.

What do you want to change and why do you want to change it?

Have you been self-sabotaging?

Is your life being negatively affected by toxic people (including yourself)?

The more honest you are with where you are right at this moment, and how you got there, the easier it will be to create the changes that will improve your life.

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

Carl Jung

Set Realistic Goals to Achieve Your Biggest Desires

Setting goals is an excellent place to start when it comes to a life transformation.

It is important to be realistic when choosing your goals.

Don’t set goals just to set them; have a purpose behind them. Ask yourself why this particular goal is important to you, and how it will change your life.

The more detailed your goals are, the easier they will be to attain, because you are able to draw a clear map from where you are not, to where you want to be.

As you set your personal transformation goals, you’ll want to make sure they are SMART. SMART is an acronym that you can use to guide your goal-setting.

To make sure your goals are clear and reachable, each one should be:

  • Specific (simple, sensible, significant).
  • Measurable (meaningful, motivating).
  • Achievable (agreed, attainable).
  • Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based).
  • Time-bound (time-based, time-limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive).
SMART Goal Setting defined on a spiral bound noetbook, with pink and yellow post-it notes and black reading glasses, as preparation for personal transformation

Surround Yourself with Supportive Friends, Not Toxic Ones

One of the hardest parts of improving your life is coming to terms with the people in your life who are hurting your progress instead of helping it. These can be close friends, family members, acquaintances, and even mentors.

To put yourself first sometimes means taking a look at the people you surround yourself with.

You’ll need to be brutally honest about the place they hold in your life and whether it’s in your best interest to maintain these relationships.

It may be time to let go of relationships that don’t offer support.

Toxic friends are not always who you think they are, and not always obvious.

They might not be cruel in the way they speak to you or treat you. But in very subtle ways, they might be sabotaging your success in becoming the person you want to be.

A good friend is a supportive one, who is there to push you in a gentle way, without forcing, ridiculing, or judging you. They sincerely want the best for you in life, and they will bolster your effort to achieve your goals.

Seek out supportive relationships, and perhaps put some space between you and those who would hold you back.

Build Healthy, Productive Habits in Your Daily Routine

Now is the time to start adding in those healthy habits that will lead you in the direction you want to go.

When used consistently, your habits can improve your health, give you energy, boost your mood, increase productivity, and so much more.

When choosing habits to add to your routine, consider what areas of your life you are trying to improve, then find habits that help support that change.

Be the type of person that follows those good habits. Instead of “I want to lose twenty pounds”, believe you are someone who exercises daily and consumes a healthy diet.

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Visualize Your Life as A Fresh Start, Without Old Baggage

Approach your life transformation as a fresh start, and release any of the old baggage that no longer works for you.

Don’t worry about what didn’t work out in the past, or anything you see as a failure. Let the past be in the past. It should not hold you back. You are not that person.

You are changing. You are transitioning, also, which is the psychological process by which we adapt to change. There’s a lot going on! Give yourself grace to deal with the upheaval.

Change your mindset to look at “failures” as lessons. You learn a lot from every choice you make in your life, whether it worked out or not. Every lesson gets you a step closer to where you want to be.

Don’t dwell on these lessons or let them sabotage you. They are simply things you can learn from.

Every day is a new start toward reaching your goals.

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Live Each Day with Consistency and Persistence

Motivation is a great tool to help get you started toward changing your life, but what will you do when motivation runs low?

For lasting results, you must embrace persistence and determination.

Know what you want and how the steps you must take to get there. Be determined. Do not let anything or anyone stand in the way of your goals.

You must be laser-focused on creating the change you want.

Lastly, it is through the consistency of your habits and routines that you will reach your goals. You can’t do a personal transformation with a partial effort. You must remain steadfast in your efforts to live in your truth.

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Final Thoughts on Are You Ready for a Personal Transformation?

Lots of people say they want to change. Those who actually manage to achieve their goal of transformation fulfill these prerequisites:

  • Start From a Place of Full Transparency
  • Set Realistic Goals to Achieve Your Biggest Desires
  • Surround Yourself with Supportive Friends, Not Toxic Ones
  • Build Healthy, Productive Habits in Your Daily Routine
  • Visualize Your Life as A Fresh Start, Without Old Baggage
  • Live Each Day with Consistency and Persistence

Are YOU Ready for a Personal Transformation?

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