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Janet Taylor, MD Nearly Half of Americans Plan on Making a Major Life Change in 2014
Here's some advice for successfully making changes in the New Year
A recent survey polled men and women across the United States to discover what major life changes they are planning to make in the New Year. The survey, conducted by Identigene (www.DNAtesting.com), found that nearly half (46 percent) of Americans are planning to make one or more major life change in 2014. For many, these changes can be difficult to confront. Here’s some advice to help make the process easier.
Stress and nervousness is common
Among those surveyed, nine out of 10 people say they are nervous about making their major life change. This nervousness is normal. Just remember, even though changes can be difficult to confront, they are vital to personal development.
Twenty percent of those surveyed said they lacked confidence they could actually accomplish their change. Taking even small steps toward your goal will help you see progress, overcome nervousness and build confidence.
You are not alone. Of those surveyed, more than half (59%) plan to speak with a family member or friend as a resource for helping them make this change. A close friend or family members can be a great source of emotional support during this time of change. In fact, someone you know may be going through a similar change.
It is also important to consider getting help from a professional, such as a therapist or financial advisor. Professionals can draw on a wealth of experience gained from helping a diverse client base, and may have helped others in a similar situation to yours.
Put it in Writing
Sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start to make change happen. In my experience, it helps to put your goals in writing and outline the action steps required. Having a written plan and the support of others, will likely help you feel more confident about making your change happen
Addressing Paternity Questions or Concerns
The survey found that one in 10 people plan to address a paternity question or concern in 2014. Finances, child custody, health/medical reasons and peace of mind were the top reasons motivating people to get answers to paternity questions. Although the specific reasoning for addressing paternity questions or concerns varies from person to person, the benefits of confirming paternity are multifaceted and far reaching.
Thanks to today’s technology, taking a paternity test can be fast, affordable and convenient. Identigene (www.DNAtesting.com) offers a DNA paternity test kit that is sold in drug stores and supercenters and is 100 percent accurate.
There’s no question that making major life changes can be difficult. However, with a little patience and persistence, accomplishing this change can have such a positive effect for all those involved. More information on the results of the survey conducted can be found on Identigene’s website (www.DNAtesting.com), Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/Identigene) and Twitter account (www.Twitter.com/Identigene).TAPP to read more.
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