Is there a change you need to make that would help you feel less drained, more inspired, more confident and empowered? Is there a change you need to make in your business to be more efficient, productive or competitive? Are you in a rut that has become comfortable? Is there is something you've wanted to do, but just haven't done yet? If not now, when?
Change can be renewing, re-vitalizing and re-energizing! Nearly four years ago I made a major change when I decided to leave the corporate world to start my own business. This change required me to step out of my comfort zone and take risks with no guarantee of success. It required me to stretch and to take risks I would have never imagined Yet this change has given me the opportunity to excel and grow in new ways - and to do work that I love. Taking the risk to make a change has paid off in ways I had not imagined.
What change do you need to make? Do you need to end an unhealthy relationship or deal with a difficult client, employee or supervisor? Would you benefit from starting a fitness program, paying off debt, scheduling regular time off, taking a class or pursuing a hobby?
Making a change may seem overwhelming. It may cause you to feel uncomfortable, maybe even fearful and insecure. Try these Top Ten Tips for smooth sailing through transition.
1. Fear. Acknowledge that you may feel anxious at times when experiencing stormy seas. Seek ways to channel your fear into positive energy and to find opportunities that may be available.
Ask yourself: What are my fears? What is one thing I can do to embrace this change positively?
2. Re-Energize. Extreme self-care is particularly important when you are experiencing change and the added stress that may accompany it.
Ask yourself: What will I do for myself today to feel nurtured and cared for?
3. Obstacles. Clearing the obstacles that keep you stuck when facing change will create space and energy for moving forward.
Ask yourself: What obstacles are preventing me from achieving my best?
4. Values. Get clear on what is personally important to you and what will ultimately inspire you to be your best.
Ask yourself: What are my true values? Do I need help in clarifying them?
5. Environments. Our environments can support or distract us depending on what we create or allow into them.
Ask yourself: What do I need to do to create environments that support me?
6. Acknowledgement. At the end of each day, take note of your accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem.
Ask yourself: What have I done today that I am proud of?
7. Set a Clear Course. Create a plan that will guide you to your destination and which is based on your true values.
Ask yourself: Where do I want to go? When do I want to get there? What course do I need to set to get there?
8. Flexibility. Be willing to change your tack when the winds shift, but don’t be blown off course.
Ask yourself: What can I do to build flexibility into my plan?
9. Partnership. Have a trusted partner, mentor or coach to guide and support you through your transition.
Ask yourself: Who can I ask to hold me accountable and support me through this change?
10. Enjoyment. Enjoy the journey!
Ask yourself: What will I do this week to have fun and add enjoyment to my journey?
Pat Morgan, MBA and Executive Coach, helps clients maximize their potential in today’s fast-paced environment. Her unique coaching programs inspire clients to achieve goals they may never have thought possible. Her focus draws from the inside out – helping clients become the best version of themselves they can be.