“To change one’s life: start immediately, do it flamboyantly, no exceptions.”
~William James

Sometimes we live with the status quo. For a long time. For no particular reason. And to our detriment.

Sometimes we know we want to change things, but we hold back. Because of inertia. Because of fear. And to our detriment.

The other day I was talking to a client who has been living with their status quo. It seemed that they were ready to change things. It also seemed that the power of inertia, the “let’s wait a bit longer to see if it works itself out,” and the fear of creating waves in a situation were kicking in.

Williams James’ quote came to me, and I shared it with my client.

There’s something about just diving into our change – whatever that might be – that stops the inertia and moves us forward. Whatever our change is – asking for the new role at work; setting boundaries in our personal relationships; moving to a new state (or country); working on that book or podcast – making that first step, and doing it flamboyantly at that, is a great way to get started.

There is a time to reflect and think it through, and, if we’re not careful, we can get caught in analysis paralysis and stay in that reflective loop for way too long. Even if it’s only a small, tiny, wee step toward your change, starting immediately and doing it flamboyantly may be exactly what you need to get moving.

How have you changed your life?
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