5 Simple Ways to Make a Change and Transform Yourself

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As a healthcare professional you may feel you don’t have time to take care of what’s most important - YOU. You’re tired and feeling burnt out. It’s hard to make changes, especially when you see so many you want to make.

You may want to learn a new skill, or get to the gym, or go for a walk everyday, but you’re too busy looking after everyone else and at the end of the day, you just want to crash.

Below is some guidance for you. These 5 ways can help you transform yourself into anything you want.

1. Don’t make excuses

Feeling too tired at the end of the day can be an excuse not to go to the gym. You know you need to exercise. Force yourself to go. Once you’re there you will get motivated once again. And once you start your cardio, you will be energized to do a whole workout.  Remember that everytime you want to skip the gym.

Maybe you spend too much time watching television. Don’t turn it on and go for a walk instead. Don’t give in to the excuse that you’re too tired to go for a walk. 

If it isn’t television that keeps you distracted, it could be social media. You could spend 15 - 20 minutes mindlessly scrolling through Facebook on your phone. Instead, don’t reach for your phone. Do some stretching or go outside for a quick walk. 

Or if you want to learn a new skill, you will transform yourself by skipping the TV and skipping social media. Do what’s important to you first. Make that commitment to yourself.

Excuses will always hold you back to reaching and achieving new goals. Whether it’s weight loss, exercise or learning something new.

You are worth the effort to figure out strategies to fight those excuses and reach your new goals.

2. Set realistic goals

Setting goals can in itself become overwhelming if you want instant success.

Take each goal one step at a time. Start walking 15 minutes a day. Go to the gym for 30 minutes a day. Start small and build from there. 

If you have a problem with being impatient and your transforming goal is to not be impatient anymore, don’t try to change in one day.

Once you acknowledge a bad habit like impatience, start by picking one situation where you will work at not being impatient. Just pick one. Focus on it for a few weeks and watch how much can accomplish to transform yourself. 

It’s always easier to start small and build from there as you progress.

3. Create a dream board

One way to transform yourself is by creating a dream board.

Take time to dream of the things you want to accomplish in your life. Daydream about it. What are your deepest desires that you would like to accomplish?

Maybe it’s learning the piano or any other musical instrument.

Make a dreamboard of everything you think is impossible to accomplish in your life and start believing in your dreams again. Seeing your dreams up on a dream board will help you start believing in yourself again and what can be possible.

4. Accept yourself

Don’t worry about what other people think of you. Accept who you are in the exact place and time you are today. If you want to transform yourself, you have to like yourself.

If there are times you face rejection or you find some people don’t like you, what will keep you going forward is the fact that you accept yourself and love yourself. 

If, for example, you are a professional who wants to lose weight, don’t put yourself down all the time. If you’re always thinking and wishing you could be better, it will leave you feeling unhappy and discontent.

Love yourself where you’re at right now, and then start reaching for your goals little by little.

Create the life you love. Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks or if it’s the right thing to do. Do something you’ve always wanted to do but were either afraid to do it, or someone else thought it was a crazy idea. Just do it. If it feels right for you act on it. It takes courage, but you will be happy you did it.

5. Hold yourself accountable

As a healthcare professional you can’t afford to face burnout. This happens and is real when all you do is work long hours, and work at home without doing anything for your own health and wellbeing. 

Start by telling someone your goals and how you plan to achieve them. When you tell someone you’re going to go to the gym 3 times a week, that person will want to know your progress and will ask you every week or so how you’re doing. 

It’s like having a coach that you have to answer to. Telling someone helps to hold you accountable. It not only makes those goals more real, but it means you’re serious about achieving them.

Need help getting started?

If you need any help getting started to defeat burnout and to start taking the steps you need to transform yourself, reach out and call me for your Breakthrough call.

It’s not easy making changes in your life. Changes to transform yourself sometimes may need outside help. You’ve worked hard to become a healthcare professional. You care for others without hesitation. But in the midst of that don’t forget about yourself. Some things you can accomplish on your own, other goals can be accomplished with a friend, and others may need some coaching to help you through the rough times and to help change your mindset about how great you really are.