Dying to make a change in your life and turn it around? Yes, you can! In this post, I share a day-to-day guide for you to change your life in 7 days and make transforming your life possible for you in the shortest time possible.
Because you’re here, I am guessing that you have now reached that stage in your life, where you think that change is necessary for your life.
You might be feeling like you can’t go on the same way you have been taking for so long.
The path, the habits, and the lifestyle that you have been following is no longer serving you, and you are desperate to make change happen so that you can finally transform your life.
I guess this phase and this urge comes in each one of our lives.
It came in mine as well, back in 2013. I was so done with my messy life, a life full of drama, negativity, toxic relationships, unhealthy habits and complaints.
But something came upon me, the same urge which you might be feeling right now- to change my life completely and transform myself.
Ten years have passed since then, and I can say without hesitation that I have been able to transform my life, and with mine, also my mother’s and my loved ones who are attached to me in my life.
It is from this experience that I have decided to write this post for you.
But if you ask,
Is it possible to change your life in one week?
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Changing and transforming your life is a continuous practice. It doesn’t happen so easily, but I’d still say, yes it is possible to change your life in one week, or at least feel your life is changing, provided you do the work.
We might think one week is just 7 days and nothing much can happen in 7 days, but one week is actually long enough to start a new habit or break one.
Binge-watch a series every evening after coming from work for 7 days, and soon it will become a habit.
Start drinking every evening before dinner every day for 7 days, and soon that too will become a habit.
If you can start a bad habit and ruin your life easily in 7 days, you can also choose to transform your life and change your life in one week, and it is possible.
One week is long enough to make a foundation for changing your life and it is long enough to feel the positive change in your life once you start being serious about your life’s vision.
And if you’re serious about changing your life in the next 7 days, here are the three things (basically 2 things) you need to follow:
What to do to change your life in 7 days
There are only three things I’d like you to do
1. Wake up early
For the next 7 days, wake up at least one hour early so that you can work on yourself. This is the most important thing you need to do if you want to change your life.
Every day we wake up without intention and let our day events, our mood, and our past habits decide how our day moves. You need to get intentional with how you start your morning.
For the next 7 days, quit checking your phone first thing in the morning if this is a habit you have developed.
Instead, start a short 3-5-10 morning routine that is:
- 3 pages of a journal entry in the morning
- 5 pages of morning read (Here are 10 best books to read in the morning)
- 10 minutes meditation
2. Start your day with morning pages
For the next 7 days, commit yourself to write morning pages that are at least 3 pages long.
Morning pages are simply writing down whatever is in your mind at that moment while you’re writing it. Get yourself a diary, and write whatever you want to write.
It can be about your day, your feelings, your thoughts, your resentments, your struggles, what someone said, what you heard, and just about anything.
You don’t have to care about grammar or punctuation or get the words right. You just have to write your mind down.
Morning pages is a term called by Julia Cameron in her phenomenal book, ‘The Artist’s Way’, and I can tell you that it is what changed my life.
Though I am reading the book just now and only recently came to know of the term ‘morning pages’, I have been writing morning pages for many years.
It’s just that for me I’ve called it morning journaling instead.
The benefits of journaling have been major for me, and journaling in my diary has been the biggest source of guidance for me.
That is why for the next 7 days I want you to wake up a little early and write your morning pages without skipping even a day.
Here are 21 journal prompts for 21 days if you want to start journaling more consistently.
Or you can try these 120 insightful journal prompts for self-growth I made for you. Pick 1-2 prompts each day from here for the next 21 days.
I promise you will see transformation happen if you carry it out.
3. Get Curious
Thirdly, for the next 7 days at least, I want you to get curious about what will happen if you work on yourself and your habits for 7 days.
You need not become a morning person completely, but you can get curious about how will you feel if you start waking up a bit early so that you can work on yourself before you begin your day.
For a change, you can get curious about what will happen if you quit checking your phone first thing in the morning and start a morning routine instead.
If you’ve never tried journaling before and even if it has been years since you last held a pen and wrote on paper somewhere, then get curious about how it might feel to write your thoughts and feelings down.
You might think it won’t make a difference, but at least try and just out of curiosity write 3 pages in your journal entry.
See what happens if you commit to your growth and change for the next 7 days, and you will find your life moving in a positive direction.
P.S Here are some other things you will need before getting started
- A diary
- A 7-day habit tracker (download here)
- A bulletin board (to stick your daily goal and habit tracker)
And now, in addition to waking up early and writing your journal entry for 7 days, here are the day-by-day things you need to do to change your life in the next 7 days.
How to change your life in 7 days
If you’re serious about it, follow and apply this for the next 7 days.
P.S If you want to receive this challenge daily right to your inbox with some more helpful guidance from me, then join this 7-day Change Your Life challenge here.
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Day 1: Write down your intentions
On day 1, write down your intentions for why you want to change your life.
Write down your vision for life. What kind of life do you want to lead? Most importantly, write down why you want to change your life.
What kind of person do you want to be leading your life? What are the biggest dreams deep inside your heart that you have buried inside you?
Write them all down without caring about ‘how it will be true’. Your job is only to write them.
You can start with… ‘My biggest vision for life is to ……………’
‘I want to be ……………………….’
‘I want my life to be …………………….’
‘I want my life to feel ………………………’
‘In 5 years I will have ……………………….’
‘In the next 7 days, I commit to …………………….’
It is very important to write down, so don’t skip this step. Write it down wholeheartedly.
Day 2: Note down your core negative beliefs and habits
We all at some point in our lives want to change our life completely and turn it around. But it’s not so easy.
Even though so many people wish to change their lives, they are never able to, because our negative beliefs and habits have a really strong hold on us.
They have been with us taking strong roots throughout our lives until now, and they don’t want to easily go away.
Many of us expect them to never show their face to us as we try to change our life, but you must know that it is when we try to change our lives, that they most vehemently show up.
For example, as you try to change your life, you might start to feel things such as, “But what difference will it even make?!”
“My life is always going to be the same”
“I don’t have the discipline to change my life”
“I can never afford this”
“I will be forever lonely”
“Life will always be hard, so why even try”
“I am never going to get rid of this habit”
“The world will always be a difficult place”
Address your core negative beliefs. Having them doesn’t make you negative, but it is essential to change them.
So in addition to your morning pages, write down the negative beliefs you might have about life, people, the world and also about yourself and then turn each one around making it a positive affirmation.
For example, if your belief is “My life is always going to be the same” turn it around with a positive affirmation that is “My life will change and I will have the courage to change my life and live a beautiful life I am proud of and I will create a life I will love to live”
Here is a list of potential negative beliefs we generally have and also how to change them with positive affirmations.
Do this for your day 2.
Day 3: Declutter and organize
Our space and our surrounding where we spend the most time impacts us more than we realise. If it’s messy, you become messy. If it’s cluttered, your mind feels cluttered too.
So on day 3, it’s time to declutter and make a space for yourself that’s spacious.
It is essential to create a sacred space for yourself where you will come to read, write and work on yourself every day.
For me, it’s my balcony full of plants which I love to spend time in every morning. Every time I open my balcony door in the morning, I smile.
Inside my room, there is another space too which I love.
I always keep my home neat even when living alone and it’s the reason my life state is high always and my mind clear.
Declutter everything that is making your room messy, and that you haven’t been using and after that organize what you’re going to keep.
The point is to make your space make you feel nice. You deserve to live in a surrounding that uplifts you, eases you and puts a smile on your face.
Day 4: Get yourself moving
On day 4, start to add a short 10-15-minute light exercise in your morning routine in addition to writing your morning pages.
This is how I started with my morning routine as well.
I started with journaling every day and made it a habit to write in the morning. Then I added a 15-minute exercise routine and then a reading time to read at least a few pages every day.
I love Mady Morisson and you can try this 10-minute morning stretch by her.
P.s here is how I made myself love working out
Day 5: Go without complaining
Day 5 is a bit challenging if you’ve never consciously tried to end your complaints.
For most of us, it has become a habit. We just love to complain. It also feels like an icebreaker.
It’s so easy to complain when talking with other people and get a conversation going on all the things that aren’t going right.
But that is something you must now start to be aware of and get rid of.
On day 5, challenge yourself to go without complaining for the next 24 hours.
Remember, it’s a challenge because you will forget and miss many times in the day.
If you’re just aware of it once you complain and don’t engage in it any further, that’s progress too.
Slowly you’ll become a person who doesn’t complain, but you have to build this habit like any other.
Day 6: Let go of the need to control
On day 6, in your morning pages, start with this following affirmation, “Today I allow myself to let go of the need to control”.
Whatever situations or events come up in your day-to-day, allow them to happen just as it is without the need to control.
Every time you say to yourself things like,
“why does it have to be like this?”
“Why can’t it be like this?”
“Why is he/she behaving this way?”
“It would be good if he/she did this”
“Why can’t they be like this”
And all such thoughts, know that it is your need to control and you can free yourself of anxiety and ease yourself a lot just by letting go of the need to control.
Try to accept things just as it is without wishing for things, people and events to happen in some other way. There is a lot of freedom in acceptance.
Day 7: Make gratitude your way of life
Lastly, on day 7 write down all things you’re grateful for.
If there’s something that can change your life, know that it is gratitude. The more you are thankful, the more you will move one step closer to the life you’ve dreamed of.
Gratitude is a life shifter and you must tap into it daily.
Be thankful for everything you get to do from cooking food, making the bed, going for walks, and meeting friends to every little thing.
You wouldn’t be able to do it if you weren’t alive.
Pay attention to life and the things happening around you and you will find more things to be grateful for. The reason most of us are so done with life is that we have forgotten to pay attention.
We have stopped looking at flowers, the wonderful trees, the stars, the kids laughing, the sun setting and all other beautiful things in life.
We have stopped paying attention to our own miraculous body, our hands, our legs and this life that we have been given freely.
So, slow down and notice the things you can be grateful about in your day and write them all down feeling thankful.
And if you want to make gratitude practice a habit, you can take my 21-day gratitude challenge where you will receive one gratitude challenge, one gratitude journal prompt and one quote from me for the next 21 days.
So this was all from me on how to change your life in 7 days.
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I hope you are ready to take charge of your life and turn your life around.
May the coming 7 days be the best 7 days of your life where you actively take control of your life and be courageous for yourself.
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