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The season for change is here
What is it about the fall that reminds us that change is inevitable? Is it the leaves changing color, the crisp breeze, or that back-to-school buzz in the air that forces us to acknowledge that nothing stays the same and that change is coming.
This, fall instead of wasting time trying to hold onto the summer or anticipating the arrival of winter, try to embrace this beautiful season of change and consider what needs some change in your own life.
Ask yourself: “What kind of change would increase my happiness and well-being?” Is it your career? Your health? Is it your emotional state, mood, or attitude toward others that needs to change? As the leaves begin to brighten and ripen, let it become clear to you that if you want to make a change, the time is now.
Say you are considering a career change. This is the best piece of advice I ever received about this kind of change: “If you want to change fields, be sure to know what you don’t know and need to know, and then learn it.“
If you are considering a new career path, begin by knowing and understanding exactly what you want to do and what you need to learn in order to be able to shift into the new career field. This means taking inventory of your passions, skills, and strengths and supplementing your skill set with classes, seminars, or boot camps in the areas you may be lacking but will better prepare you for the new field you wish to enter.
Purposeful change is about making new choices but also equipping yourself with the skills or mindset to make the change possible.
Now is the perfect time to explore new opportunities, no matter what kind of change you are contemplating. Get out there and take a continuing education class at your local university or register for a class or two online at udacity. Or plan a trip that will get you out of your day-to-day and open the doors and windows of your mind to some new thinking and new possibilities. Even a one-day “sabbatical” can help to change the lens on your world.
You can take your cue from the leaves and embrace bold, beautiful, and inevitable change. Or you can stay stuck in your fear of change and hope for the best. I say you take the risk, express your change desires to someone you trust, and prepare yourself for what’s possible. You won’t regret it!