Changing your life doesn’t have to be complicated and it doesn’t have to involve much money. If you’re stuck in a rut at work or in your personal life then it’s time to decide what it’s going to take to give you a renewed optimism and fresh look at life. It is time to get out of your comfort zone (Dream, Travel, Eat).
In our guide to making changes, big and small, in your life we take a look at everything from seeing the world to retraining for your dream job. But first we take a look at what you need to do to take the first step towards your new life.
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Identifying The Need
Take a breather, sit down and take a long, hard look at where you are in your life. Take stock of the decisions you’ve made to get to the point you have. Think about each aspect of your world, from your romantic life, how healthy you feel to your working life and what you have achieved educationally and socially.
Think about the people you surround yourself with. Are all your relationships positive ones and do your friends and family fulfill you as much as you give of yourself to them?
While you think about each aspect, remember how it felt and from there you will, with any luck, have a better idea of what you need to focus on when it comes to making some changes in your life.
Be Open Minded
You may feel that a particular relationship has run its course and that you need to make a clean break. In fact what might really be the issue is a need to break out of your current life and spend some time visiting and exploring other countries and other cultures. Traveling is rarely a bad idea in any case. Whether it’s in the form of a much-needed holiday, an extended time away or a year out, leaving behind your day-to-day and experiencing new sights and sounds is rarely a mistake.
If you’ve not traveled to far away from your home country, then perhaps you might start with extending your reach into Europe before venturing into new continents. Be open to new experiences and you’ll be surprised at where your newly-acquired adventurous spirit will take you.
Easier said than done perhaps but with a little research and patience you will be able to put your old job far behind you and venture into new fields. Perhaps your job in investment is no longer fulfilling you and you’ve secretly been dreaming of completing that online masters in nursing that you started but never finished years ago.
If it is time for a career do-over there are plenty of options on the table for you. You might start at an entry level job in a new profession or even as an apprentice.
Another option includes returning to education to gain a professional qualification in the area of work you’d most like a job in. Naturally, for many people this will involve juggling an existing job, unless you’ve saved in preparation, home life and an evening class or correspondence course.
The benefit of an evening class is that you will have a tutor to talk with face-to-face and peers to turn to for support. With an online course, you will have greater control over when and where you study but completion is likely to take a little longer as you work to fit it in around your life.
With any of these options, perseverance is key and getting started can be the hardest part. Spending, as we do, so much time working, it’s only natural to want to shake up our 9 to 5 every now and again, which brings us to the next point:
If you’ve long-harbored an ambition to go it alone, then now might be exactly the right time. Take a look at what niche you would want to go into and start planning your solopreneur journey, starting with a killer website and outline of a business plan.
Trading in the security of your office cubicle for the uncertainty of working for yourself can be positively daunting but when you’ve had enough of unreasonable bosses, unpaid overtime and frightful customers, this could be exactly what you need. Read your favorite business bloggers to figure out your own strategy and get out there where you belong, working for yourself and doing what you love best.
Do you have a relationship, romantic or otherwise, that seems to have turned toxic? Are you hanging on in there thanks to a sense of duty rather than because you want to? It’s time to do everyone a favor and be honest with that person.
If you feel badly treated explain why but don’t be manipulated into doing anything you don’t want to. If you want to leave, leave and don’t look back. The same applies for friendships too. That friend who takes and takes and never gives back? Time to create some distance between the two of you. Be brave and begin clearing out the closet, ridding your life of toxic relationships once and for all.
Life changes come in all shapes and sizes and are as individual as you are. Whether you’re looking to see more of the world, start a business from scratch or retrain for that job you’ve always felt called to do, the hardest part will be taking those first initial steps. Sure, you can write down your plans and create to-do lists but nothing helps change feel more real than handing in your notice and pursuing your dreams. Head off on a long holiday, ditch those toxic people that make your life so hard, all it takes is that first push.
Then just put one foot in front of the other and keep going until you get to be where you need to be, achieving the goals you need to achieve and becoming the person you want to become.
Change doesn’t come easily but when it happens, you’ll never regret it.