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Posted: Sunday, March 9, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:31 am, Mon Mar 10, 2014.

(Family Features) Whether looking to advance their career, financial situation or personal life, taking the steps towards self-improvement is top of mind to many people.

In fact, a recent survey polled men and women across the U.S. to see what major life changes they plan to make in the near future. The survey, conducted by Identigene, found that almost half (46 percent) of respondents are planning to make one or more major life changes within the year. But, as with anything that is new and unfamiliar, confronting the situation can often be an intimidating process.

“Change is vital to personal development,” said Dr. Janet Taylor, an author and community psychiatrist. “Changing important parts of your life can definitely be a daunting task, and feeling nervous about addressing these changes is normal.”

Preparing for a successful change

Those that are successful in achieving their goals usually begin with a plan. For people looking to improve their lives, Dr. Taylor provides the following advice:

  • Understand your stress: Any nervous feelings are to be expected. In fact, nine out of 10 Americans say they are nervous, on some level, about making their life change. Remember, taking even the smallest of steps toward your goal will help you see progress, overcome nervousness and build confidence.
  • Address difficult concerns: According to the survey, one in 10 people plan to address a paternity question within the year. Some of the main motivators for addressing these concerns include finances, child custody, health reasons and peace of mind. Although the reasoning for addressing paternity questions varies from person to person, the benefits of confirming paternity are multifaceted and far reaching. A kit, such as the Identigene DNA Paternity Test, is available at nationwide drug stores and supercenters, and offers 100 percent accurate and confidential results within a few days.
  • Use your resources: When faced with an obstacle, it’s important to understand that you are not alone. In fact, 59 percent of people polled in a recent survey plan to use a friend or family member as a resource for going through a major life change. A close friend or family member can be a great source of emotional support. You may also consider getting help from a professional, such as a therapist or financial advisor.
  • Put it in writing: Sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start to make change happen. Grab a pen and put your goals in writing with an outline of the action steps required. With a written plan and the support of others, you will feel more confident about making your change happen.

“There’s no question that making major life changes can be difficult,” said Dr. Taylor. “However, with a little patience and persistence, accomplishing this change can have such a positive effect for all those involved,” 

Learn more about Identigene at www.DNAtesting.com.

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