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Secrets to Making Change Easier

In the words of prolific British novelist Arnold Bennett, “Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.” So if you find change difficult to handle, you’re not alone; many others grapple with both the benefits and challenges brought about by change. Take solace in the fact that change happens to everyone everyday; it’s the one constant in life, the thing that connects us all.

Perhaps life has handed you a challenging change, or maybe you’ve initiated a change you’ve always wanted to make. At First30Days, we believe that the change you’re currently experiencing can be made easier, smoother and less stressful; we’re going to share proven tips and techniques to help you cope with this change—be it a career change, relationship change, health change or financial change—with hope, optimism and serenity.

At First30Days, we’ve developed nine principles, or secrets, to help you move through change to reach your destination successfully. We believe that creating an entirely new perspective on change—a new mindset about the transitions you face—will help you become a “Change Optimist” and love your life even more.

1. Change Your View of Change: Beliefs Can Make all the Difference

The things that you believe about change—and about yourself—will directly affect how successfully you move through your current transition, whether you’re in day one, day 30 or years past the start of the change.
People who fear change usually believe that change is hard, which lays bare all of their anxieties and insecurities. They then feel paralyzed and unable to move past this change for fear of failure. On the other hand, there are people who believe that change is a positive thing that will help them grow and learn. These “Change Optimists” also believe that something exciting is waiting for them on the other side of the transition—even if they can’t see the benefit now.

The good news is: we can identify and bust the myths and fears we have about change. Don’t ask the traditional disempowering questions during change, such as “Why did this happen to me?” and “How will I ever get through this?” Kick-start a new belief about change with a few new questions, like “What could be great about this change?,” “What opportunity has this change brought to me?,” “What good things in my life haven’t changed?” and “What can I be grateful for?” When you ask these positive questions, you’ll notice your outlook on change beginning to shift to the positive.

Posted: 12/17/07

If you can do so and have the ability to spend the time with the animal, I strongly recommend going to your local pound or animal rescue and giving a pet a home. I did this after massive change, addiction and depression. I was on, medical leave from a position as a scientist to deal with a massive vicodin addiction. I was asked to go home during yet another withdrawal session mid FDA audit. It was clear to colleagues I was spiraling for months and no one wanted me talking to FDA.. I was paranoid, antisocial and erratic in my behavior. I was exposed as not just eccentric smart educated person..but a waste of brains, looks (did some modeling) and education. Didn't even wash or comb my hair anymore and I was officially deemed a suicide risk by my doctor.
Always an animal lover I made sure I could care for one properly first...even in this state neglecting an animal is not an option..EVER.. I brought this Maine coon home..then another. Being responsible for these gifts from God and the nonjudging companionship helped me heal in ways I can explain and all my therapy, science and medication helped but these animals were what made me feel "never alone".. I would consider a pet and if you already have one...realizing you have a gift during your change right in your midst.


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#5 is such an important step. Resistance has been a big enemy of my ability to acctpe changes readily, most of the time.


The biggest change I have ever made was emigrating from England to America and the first 3 months were very hard, I had extreme moments of elation and depression. I think friends and family are the best resource for making change easier. If you can work on your social skills then change can be easy! Just build that safety net of supporters and you can achieve your dreams :)


This is awesome! Thanks for the Post!


hi,my name is sandra,and you couldn't be that article about change i'll read this everyday,because that is exactly what i needed,i'm into the changeing business and with god by my side[and i know he is] my change is going to come,2009 the lord is going to change me in so many ways,so i want to thank you for that article may god bless you and keep you AMEN

  • By kisslin
  • on 12/21/08 8:10 AM EST

Hi. iam Shirley N. I Im having a problem, of leeting go of the PAST! it has made me SUFFER 4life! Im a victum of aBAD CRIME! How do i let this go and move on without FEAR! by my side?? I DO PRAY! AND I HAVE BEEN IN JESUS CHRIST ARMS FOE REAL>> Ive been over THEE OTHER SIDE" how PEACEFUL IT IS>.. I live alone, and have been alone for 19yrs. Never Married. im 44yrs old. I need CHANGE in my life. He will Deliver me from FEAR! soon. I need a loyal friend is it u? Shirley S


I just lost my husband in an industrial accident at his job. (On our wedding Anniversary). He was crushed to death. The best advice I've been given so faris, Write a letter to him., Turn the paper over and write a letter to YOU from your deceased friend,loved one,spouse. It'll brin
g ALOT of HEALING tears. you don't have to burn it. Actually It will probably help you to keep it so you can look back on it when your having a very sad day. God love all of you. Christyb62


Hi, Espresso

I know what you mean. We talk about this a lot. How can losing a loved one be a good change?

I think it's in the way you look at it. When someone has been in pain or suffering I try to view their passing as a blessing and reason why they had to be taken from us ... what lesson I am to learn or how can I continue their legacy and honor their memory.

When I'm at a wake or a funeral I'm often struck by someone holding an infant ... knowing they brought the baby because they had to (no one to take care of the baby while they paid their respects) but seeing it as an acknowledgment of the cycle of life.

My best friend died of breast cancer when she was only 30 -- she hadn't even begun to live -- and I still haven't figured that one out yet, only I hope somehow her loss taught us all a lesson and I know her memory never fades for me.


I love this site, but would appreciate some acknowledgement that not all change brings "great things around the corner," such as my friend who is in chemo for leukemia and will need a bone marrow transplant (no matching donors yet) or my other friend who died of ovarian cancer a few years ago.
Sometimes bad stuff just happens. If there is a better way to think about this, please let me know!



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I have already started this. WOrks great. Even have ny daughter working on it.


wow- this made me really think. I liked the part about replacing victim vocabulary with empowering words.

  • By kelijy
  • on 4/29/08 1:25 PM EST