When you think about how hard it is to make changes in your life, you’re tempted to give up before you even start. 

It’s easier to coast through a good enough life and everywhere you look is another person or situation trying to convince you a mediocre life is perfectly fine. 

Marianne Williamson is famous for saying, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” 

Society has conditioned us against stepping out and claiming the kind of life we want to live. Life is short and time can never be recovered. Each moment is precious and should be lived to the fullest. Here are five ways to create lasting changes that lead to an amazing life. 

1. Start with the inner work. 

Real change starts within each of us. There are struggles and self-limiting beliefs that we have to battle before we can move forward. 

Take some time for self-examination of where you are and where you want to be. Address that little voice in your head that gets uncomfortable at the thought of stepping outside of your comfort zone. 

2. Be honest with yourself. 

For the inner work to manifest, it starts with honesty. It’s too easy to lie — especially to ourselves. 

Real change starts by getting honest about the things that have held you back in the past and what scares you about the future. 

Real change lasts when you get honest and stay honest. You will have setbacks and honesty helps you keep from covering up what will help you. 

3. Focus on one step at a time. 

When you look at the big picture, it’s easy to get discouraged if everything that needs to happen to create change. 

If you want to lose 50 pounds, it seems daunting. If you want to leave a job you hate, you get 100 thoughts of all that needs to happen. The best way to approach lasting change is to focus on your next steps. 

Don’t look at the big picture. Instead, break this down into bite-size goals that you work on every day. 

4. Forms habits. 

Lasting change is most successful when you focus on creating habits. Habits are making lifestyle shifts versus quick wins. 

You incorporate the changes you want to make into your daily routine. You focus on changing how you think about the things you want to change, which affects the actions you take. 

5. Stay accountable. 

Having support in your life can be the difference between success and failure. As much as we want to try this alone, having someone to get honest with you or hold your hand when you stumble is crucial. 

It can be family, friends or a support group, but stay accountable to avoid giving into excuses. 

I realize this is all easier said than done but I hope you realize how important this is.

I don’t know what your dream life looks like. I only know you can and should do something about it. 

You can make your dream a reality and it starts with creating lasting change in your life. Use these five ways to claim the life you truly deserve! 

What big changes are you making in your life?