Making big, bold changes can be exhilarating and magical…and I can tell you from my very recent experience with this, also pretty terrifying! No matter how prepared you think you are, the question “am I really ready” will creep its way into your thoughts and stop you in your tracks if you don’t have a good answer.
So… how DO you know you’re REALLY ready to jump?
- You come to terms with the very real possibility of failing, and you still think the experience/adventure/opportunity is worth it. Failing doesn’t seem like the end of the world anymore. You consider the change, in and of itself, as a valuable growth opportunity and you can separate it from any one specific outcome.
- You’ve given your expectations a reality check. It’s absolutely ok to expect a positive outcome from this new direction you are taking (or you wouldn’t be even considering it) but be careful that you don’t fall into thinking that life will be all ponies and rainbows and kittens on the other side. It won’t, but you’re ready if you’re willing to work through whatever comes next.
- You are very clear on why you are taking this leap of faith. Making a decision to quit because you had a bad day at work is probably not the smartest idea. Be honest with yourself about the catalyst for the change, and see if it really makes sense for you or if you are acting on emotional impulses.
- You have a plan. Things never turn out exactly as you mastermind, but having a general map of your next steps after you cut the cord will help you keep putting one foot in front of the other and prevent total paralysis. Oh, and make sure you write this plan down. It doesn’t work nearly as well if it stays in your pretty little head.