1. WAKE UP TO IT.
Understand that change is happening for a reason. It’s time for you to grow and evolve. Look to the change and ask “what is your purpose?” Let the answer guide you through the process. As Frank Herbert once said, “Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.”
2. FACE IT.
Moving from a “safe” place and into the unknown can be daunting. But trust in yourself and you will find a way to overcome any obstacle. “Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared,” said Eddie Rickenbacher. When you feel fear, it’s because the situation you are facing is important to you. So don’t shy away. Face it, and see it as a catalyst for making a fundamental shift in your life.
3. EMBRACE IT.
Change can be uncomfortable. It moves us outside the norm and into the unknown. Sometimes you’d like to stop it or slow it down. But change has its own pace. So embrace it. As Caroline Schoeder said “Some people change when they see the light, others when they feel the heat.” How much heat can you take? The question to ask yourself is “If not now…when?” It makes you think, doesn’t it?
4. COMMIT TO IT.
W.H. Murray in The Story of Everest said “Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth- that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too.” There is always a defining moment, a decision point, when you make the commitment to change. Once you do this, something happens. Like a line of dominos that fall naturally of its own accord, so too, do the events that unfold once the decision has been made. The key is to a) put a stake in the ground and commit to it and b) trust in the natural flow of order of life. When you’re on your true path, things happen naturally.
5. DO IT!
Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. When you open yourself to change you open yourself to new opportunities, new experiences and new adventures. To stay where you are means you miss out. To stay where you are keeps you safe, but small. Embrace change with both arms, and be the creator of your own future. As Oprah says, “Not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” The key is to take the first steps. Do this without attachment to a specific outcome. Then, take a few more steps. Before you know it you’ll look back in astonishment as to how far you’ve leaped!
So step up to the plate, , take that leap of faith and make the changes you know are long overdue. Remember, it’s your life, your choice, so live your greatest life!