I often have people ask me when is the right time to make a change, be it in their professional or personal lives. The answer I give over and over again is that there is never going to be that perfect moment where everything fits together. Sometimes you just have to take the leap.
There are obvious considerations to factor in such as finances, but these should not be used as excuses to put off the inevitable. In fact, it is far more stressful to wait until the situation is acute as you are more likely to panic, jump ship, or do something drastic.
We’ve all had times when we experience that uneasy feeling when you know something is amiss but you can’t quite put your finger on what it is. This is your mind letting you know that the time has come to start evaluating your current position and potentially make some life-changing decisions!
Ask yourself how you feel about your job or your circumstances. Are you finding that small annoyances are grating on you more than they used to? Is everything just ‘ok’ rather than ‘great’? Have you lost the passion you once had, feel yourself thinking ‘why me’ and are frustrated with the cards life has dealt you? These are all warning signs that something in your life is out of balance and needs addressing urgently, before it starts to affect you physically, emotionally and financially.
It’s important to remember that the transition process takes time to reach completion and is about more than just making a particular decision. Many people feel that first flush of change and then assume it’s all done, but in reality it is just the beginning. This is why it is essential to build a positive mindset and the resilience to stick to your guns, keeping your eye on the end goal even as you face obstacles or roadblocks along the way.
Life is short and opportunities can quickly pass you by, which is why it is essential to have a clear plan of where you want to go, what you want to achieve and how you are going to get it. It can be easy to get stuck in a rut and put off making changes, but this is what differentiates those who procrastinate from those who just get on with it!
In summary, signs that change is coming can sometimes be subtle, but these early signs shouldn’t be ignored. Change is much more than an initial decision and is likely to involve a sustained period of transition which may bring new and complex challenges along the way. Gaining clarity on your end goals will help you to remain positive, resilient and focused, even when your plans change unexpectedly. Being honest with yourself is the vital first step, but I promise it will be worth it in the end!
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