Fresh starts take place in your life every day. If there’s something you’re doing for the first time, you can consider that a fresh start. The term “fresh start” has a warm, exciting sound to them, but the reality is that something new isn’t always something you look forward to.
How can you make the most of a fresh start – especially when it’s proving difficult?
What you might need to wrap your mind around is the fact that an unfamiliar position or situation serves as an opportunity for you to utilize talents you never knew you had. It gives you the chance to challenge yourself and see just what you’re made of. Are you ready to do that?
Here are some tips to help you make the most of your fresh start:
1. Embrace it with an open mind. As scary as your fresh start may seem at first, it’s really important that you embrace it with an open mind. You’ve likely seen situations in the past that turned out to be only half as bad as you had anticipated. Anticipation with anxiety can make anything seem worse than it is, so make a conscious effort to keep an open mind.
* Remind yourself that newness brings with it exciting opportunities to prove your capabilities.
* Less is sometimes more, and knowing less about something you’re about to embark on makes it more rewarding when you conquer it!
2. Begin with the end in mind. Okay, so your fresh start has you feeling a little nervous and insecure. But have you stopped to consider what you want the outcome to be in the end? By knowing the desired outcome, you can plot the path to getting there.
* Consider how you’d ideally want the situation to turn out.
* Assess whether your ideal scenario is actually a realistic outcome.
* If it’s realistic, start making a step by step plan that will take you where you want to go.
* At this point, you might start getting really excited about your fresh start!
3. Conquer your fears with faith. If you have faith in the guidance of your Creator and your abilities to reap positive rewards, you can overcome those fears. Faith is stronger than any fear, doubt or insecurity you may have, so feel free to rely on it when you need to.
* Remember how your faith has gotten you through tough situations in the past.
* Believe in yourself and everything else will fall into place.
4. Liken it to a past experience. There’s a saying that goes, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” If you’ve had similar starting points in the past and are here now to tell about them, it means you’ve made it through them! And if they were anything like your newest fresh start, chances are you’re more than capable of making it through this one.
By following these strategies, you have what it takes to make the most of a fresh start and come out with a positive experience to be proud of. Go after this new situation with all the gusto you’ve got because you know you’re equipped with the tools to win!