Change can be quick, easy and lasting. It’s the build-up to change that may take a while or be difficult.

When did you last make a big change in your life?

How long did it take you to make up your mind to change?

Has that change stuck with you?

People with healthy minds seem to hold the concept that the moment of making the decision can be quick and easy – once you are ready.

Here, red10 ‘s Andy Stanley introduces one of the 16 concepts that the research of Neuro-Linguistic Programming found in the healthiest of minds:

Just do it!

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) offers a unique lens through which we can understand the dynamics of change. In NLP, there’s a belief that change can be quick, easy, and lasting. This perspective challenges the conventional belief that change is a drawn out and painful process. Instead, it suggests that the pivotal moment of decision-making can be swift, painless, and straightforward, with only the build-up to change posing potential difficulties.

Seize the day!

When we consider the last significant change in our lives, we can often pinpoint a moment of decision that acted as a catalyst. This could be a realization, a shift in perspective, or a sudden clarity that propels us toward change. NLP practitioners believe that it is the moment when we decide to make the change, that holds the real power over when we instigate that change. Change becomes more accessible once the mind is ready to embrace it. This readiness involves finding and accepting a mental state where we are open to new possibilities and willing to step out of our comfort zone.

So…how do I do that?

Easy. You just need to be prepared. People with healthy minds believe that the actual moment of decision can be quick and easy once they are mentally prepared for change.

But what does mental preparedness mean?

Mental preparedness means cultivating a positive mindset, overcoming limiting beliefs, and acknowledging one’s ability to adapt.

I’ll remember that for next time

If you think about a time when you made a significant life change, perhaps you decided to get a new job, end a toxic relationship, or start getting fit. In hindsight, you may recognize that the decision itself was not a prolonged process but a moment of clarity when you chose a new direction. Knowing all this, you might discover that next time you are able to approach change with a more optimistic mindset. Change is not always a slow and difficult journey but can be a transformative process guided by the power of a quick and resolute decision.