For some people, the need for a fresh start is brought on by a major change in their life that makes the reassess where they are going. That could be the breakup of a relationship, bereavement, or the loss of a job. For others, though, the need for change simply comes in a flash of inspiration. Whatever the catalyst for change, you have to start by believing that change is possible so, read on, and find ten inspiring tips on how to make a new start for you.

1. Take stock of where you are

It’s difficult to plan a new route if you don’t know here you are starting from. Take stock of where you are now, what you like and what you dislike, and take positive decisions to make the changes that will make you happy.

2. Don’t assume that just because it always has been, means that it always has to be

Whatever the reason for you deciding that you want to make a fresh start, don’t judge the future solely on your past experiences. Start from the premise that anything is possible and don’t be afraid to follow a dream or two.

3. Forgive and then you can move on

Another important tip on how to start a new life is to let go of some things. Moving on to new pastures often means having to learn how to forgive and forget. Whether that means forgiving someone who has hurt you or forgiving yourself, until you let go of the pain and forgive, it will be difficult to leave the past behind you and make a fresh start.

4. Go out of your way to try new things

Before you begin on your new life, why not try a few alternatives first and find out what you really like? This can apply to anything, from reading the types of books you have never read before, to trying new hobbies or giving a new career a go. You will never know until you try it, so now’s the time to experiment.

5. Don’t be afraid to take a tumble

There is always a chance when trying new things that we won’t like it or it will go wrong, but that is how we learn. If one path that you try doesn’t lead you to where you want to be, then try another and don’t let temporary failure get in the way of your finding eventual happiness.

6. Get out and meet new people

Next tip on how to start a new life is to meet new people. One of the easiest ways to find out more about different opportunities is to talk to people outside of your usual group of friends. We generally tend to mix with people from the same backgrounds, or in similar jobs and they will probably encourage you to stay where you are. Meeting more people from different backgrounds could give you new ideas and a whole new perspective on life.

7. Learn to be selfish (for good)

If you are really going to make a fresh start, then you are going to have to put yourself first a bit more. This doesn’t mean that you have to walk all over people, but you do need determination if you are to succeed at this. There is nothing wrong at all in looking after number one, sometimes.

8. Write your own mission statement

Another great tip on how to start a new life is to write your own mission statement. All good businesses have a mission statement and so should you. A mission statement is simply a list of high level objectives that you can refer back to, to remind yourself of why you are doing what you are doing. Otherwise, you can find yourself, for example, working all the hours of the day to earn the money to make you happy, instead of having any hours free during the day, to actually be happy.

9. Be proud to be different

If you are going to break away from what you have been then you are going to appear to be different from those around you. Walking your own path may well make you stand out from the crowd, but then it is unlikely that you will achieve your goals, if all you do is try and fit in and follow others.

10. Enjoy the journey!

As much as we might sometimes wish it, we can’t just wake up one day and be in a new life. What we can do, however, is at least make a start on the journey. So, if you have decided to make a fresh start, what are you waiting for?! Don’t delay; get started because, the sooner you get going, the sooner you will arrive.