Create a New Life Direction

  1. Make a list of all you can’t stand about work/life. Make a list of all you do not want or like about your current situation and you will find on the flip side, something you DO want! Write it down.
  2. Recognize that ALL change (good or bad) means loss. It is normal to be afraid to make a change because of what you stand to lose. However, the only way is forward, so you might as well accept whatever perceived loss of status, money or identity and realize that more happiness awaits.
  3. Re-frame ‘I can’t!’ to ‘I can!’ ”I’m not good enough.” ”I’m too old.” ”I’m not qualified.” NOT TRUE! Look for examples in your life, your surroundings, in the media or in books of people who have done things against the odds and use those examples as symbols of what’s possible for you.
  4. Understand how the past got you stuck today. Determine what your old motivation for your life was, decide if it still serves you and if not, CHANGE it. Fast!
  5. Realize that discovering your ‘purpose’ does not have to be hard or grand. Who you are everyday and what you do naturally (whether it fits your job description or not) is your purpose. How you affect others positively is your purpose.
  6. Gain a criteria for happiness. Humans feel satisfied when their needs are met and they don’t have to compromise their values. Write down what you truly need (emotionally, not financially) and value. Get purposeful about getting these things in your life and new directions become clear.
  7. Research ALL that interests you. List all fields, jobs, careers, or areas of interest. Choose no more than three at a time to research. Besides the internet, try to talk to people who will let you have an informational interview or give you the real scoop on the areas you are interested in
  8. Tell the truth about your money life. Money is usually the first thing that stops people from pursuing what they truly want. Don’t let it stop you. Get straight with your money.
  9. Put Yourself in Opportunity’s Way. It’s time to push the envelope. Take risks, get out of your comfort zone and get out there.
  10. Create a Plan and Get Support. Make a time line for how you are going to cross over into something new. It usually takes 1-3 years to fully transition into a new direction. Don’t fret. Make a monthly plan and get plenty of cheerleaders around you.
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