Have you ever followed a path for so long you really can’t see any options outside of it? If it’s a job you think to yourself, I don’t have that many skills, my resume is outdated, and anyway this is where my friends are.
I don’t know how many times, I have asked questions until I realized the grass isn’t greener anywhere else or until I settled on the fact that I’m not actually fit enough to jump the fence.
It’s so easy to convince ourselves that change isn’t possible. The truth is, and we all know it. We won’t know unless we go for it.
My grandmother had eleven children (yes you read that right). She decided she wanted to leave her marriage and go to school to be a substance abuse counselor at the age of 52. Can you imagine?
She raised kids her whole life!
She had her first born, my mother, when she was 17 years old. I can’t imagine the audacity she had to think she could start all over (AND she was still raising kids).
In the last 30 years she completely transformed herself.
Here are some techniques to use:
1. Know what you want!
Maps are useless if you don’t know where you are going. If you really don’t know what you want you may have to decide what you don’t want and consider the opposite. Think about your past and what types of experiences, locations, people, subjects, etc. have sparked your interest and follow that thread to see where it leads.
2. Change your behavior!
There are so many ways to create change in your life and as you make decisions to stay on your path or start anew, remember that you may not be fit enough to get over the fence yet, but as you climb, you will grow the muscles you need.
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