How do you know when it’s time for a change?

I have been thinking a lot lately about change. To some, this is a very scary word. Many of us get stuck in routines, the “usual”, or even worse–coasting. Regardless if you like it or not, life is full of making decisions and adjusting your course.

I am the kind of person that likes to prepare for the changes life throws at me; so, I thought I would outline 5 ways in which you can tell change is on the horizon.

1) You can’t stop thinking about it.

Whether your hopeful the change will come, or nervous about the prospect of a particular change, if it’s on your mind nonstop then it’s probably time for a change. Consider that, regardless of if the change is a positive or negative in your life, something must be stirring if the prospect of change is continually on your mind. I’ve always believed our bodies and minds intuitively know and prepare us for what’s next, so if your constantly thinking about a change it’s probably on the peak of occurring.

2) You get excited at the thought of it.

When I was considering creating a blog, I knew it was going to cause a big change in my life. I didn’t have any recreational commitments, and committing to a blog was going to take my time and effort. It would be a big change, but boy, was I excited at the prospect! I think if you are excited at the thought of change, then it’s time to jump in. Life is too short to wait around for things to fall into your lap, so if you are excited about the change, make it happen!

3) You’ve detached from the present.

When change feels imminent, we start to detach from the present. It’s like our bodies and minds are preparing us for the change, so we start acting and feeling like it already happened. You are also detached from the present if you are stalling to make decisions until the change occurs. If this is the space you’re in, change is probably coming.

4) You have the right supports in place.

This is the most important aspect of change management. Whether it be ensuring you have some money saved up just in case, having a safe place to go, or having someone to run to when you need it, having a support in place will help create a successful environment for change. Not all change is good or easy, but having a support that you can lean on can mean the difference between standing or falling.

5) You have a plan.

If you have mentally formulated a plan to achieve something, but your current situation doesn’t fit your plan, then you should know it’s time for a change. A while ago I made a plan to get healthy, but I know that means I have to make big changes in my life. It’s scary. It’s a commitment. In the end, I have to make a decision if the fear of change will get in the way of me achieving my goals. The fact that I have a plan tells me it’s time for a change, and that I must set my fears aside.

I want to hear from you! How do you know you need a change in your life? How do you prepare for the change?

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