Everyone deserves a fresh start. Wiping the slate clean and beginning again in a new and better direction can motivate us to make significant changes in our health, finances, or relationships. We can even make small changes in our habits or preferences that increase our happiness and satisfaction. Whether you want to make sweeping or seemingly insignificant changes, there may be some powerful reasons you’re hesitating.
Change can be challenging, but a fresh start is always motivating. Getting past the roadblocks keeping you from making changes is the first step. There may be several reasons why you haven’t started; some of them may include the following:
- Analysis paralysis
- Fear of judgment
- Feeling Stuck
These three culprits tend to hold people back from a fresh start. Here’s how-
Analysis paralysis creates a never-ending loop: Before people make changes, they weigh the pros and cons and evaluate what it takes for a fresh start. People often get stuck in the circle of overthinking and never make changes.
What to do about it: Give yourself a time limit and set a date for your fresh start. Decide to move forward whether you feel fully prepared or not. Giving yourself a deadline for a fresh start can help you mentally close the loops and prepare for changes. Instead of waiting for a fresh start when you have everything figured out, commit to change and figure it out as you go.
Fear of judgment petrifies us: We live in a community. We are never truly alone, and our decisions often affect more than just ourselves. Depending on our friends, family, and career structure, we may be more or less influenced by what other people think. It can make change harder than it would be if we only had ourselves to consider. Sometimes it leads to setting aside what we want out of fear.
What to do about it: In the end, it’s essential to do what’s best for you and your immediate family. While you should never be selfish about global decisions that can impact other people, most decisions are yours and shouldn’t be influenced by outsiders. Build the confidence to make a fresh start when you feel led to change.
Feeling stuck limits our options: One of the easiest ways to talk ourselves out of a fresh start is to believe we can’t have one. Feeling stuck can lead to depression and anxiety and compound an already difficult situation. Most of the time, we aren’t truly stuck; we perceive we are.
What to do about it: Feeling stuck can lead to hopelessness and helplessness. It may be a good time for outside help. Talk to a trusted friend or therapist who can help you see a path to a fresh start. You may be too caught up in your thoughts to see what someone else can easily see for you.
Everyone deserves a fresh start, and most agree when they take the plunge, they are grateful they did and wish they hadn’t waited. Don’t fall for these common traps that prevent your fresh start. Overcome your thoughts and get the fresh start you deserve.
Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.