Is your life what you want it to be? Do you feel satisfied and happy? Perhaps there’s been a disruption in your plans. Whether avoidable or unavoidable, life can contain curve balls that make you question where you are at or force you to start over.
If starting over makes you feel afraid, you don’t need to be. Starting over is a way to improve your life, improve your skills and abilities, and make your life work for you. The rewards of starting over are impressive and can give you a better life than before, no matter why you’re starting over.
Here are five reasons not to be afraid of starting over:
No matter where you are now, you are not at the apex of where you could be. Even the most accomplished person still has dreams and goals. Starting over allows you to fix whatever is holding you back in life.
Life is like cooking by following a recipe. If you make a mistake following the directions, you can ruin the whole dish. No matter what you add, you may not be able to fix the problem enough to make your dish taste good.
Instead, it’s better to start over and try again. You can do better the next time and make a dish worth eating. Rather than serving a dish you’re afraid won’t taste good, you can do better and be confident with the outcome.
What do you want out of life? If you’ve lived your life pleasing others, figuring out what you want can be scary. If a disruption has changed your life, now is the time to truly consider what you want your life to be in the future. Starting over and creating the life you want may take time, but you don’t need to be afraid. Ask yourself these questions to help you envision a new life:
What makes me happy?
What makes me sad?
What am I tired of doing?
If I could do anything, what would it be?
How do I want to be remembered?
Thinking about your answers to these questions can take the fear out of starting over. Knowing what you want provides you with goals and can help you create a plan.
3. Learn More
Who do you admire? Most likely, it’s someone who seems to know what and how to do things. Starting over allows you to learn more and expand outside of the boundaries of your old life. Mistakes and failures are part of learning. Starting over is the perfect opportunity to try, fail, and learn to be and do better.
Remember playing with modeling clay or drawing as a child? If you didn’t like what you had created, you could squish the clay back together and start over or turn the paper over and draw something else. There was no reason to be afraid because you knew you could try again. Starting over at any age is like that. You can create what you want and work at it until you succeed.
Having a better life that’s full of opportunities is the reward for starting over. The best part is that you don’t have to wait until you completely change your life to benefit. Each step you take on your journey of starting over offers rewards as you learn and grow.
If you didn’t like your life before, starting over is how to make changes that benefit you. If your life was disrupted, starting over can help you regain what you’ve lost or even find bigger and better things to accomplish.
Life is finite. Fear about starting over wastes the time you have to live your best life. Life can surprise you, for good or for bad. Starting over means you have time to work toward your goals instead of resigning yourself to having and being less than you could be. No matter how far you get, the time you spend starting over is never wasted.