"If you want to
enemies, try to
change something." ~ Woodrow Wilson
Making Big Changes is something we all have to do sometimes.
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personal or professional reasons, we are called to do something
our lives. We hear the "call" and we know our lives can never be the
same again. Such times are often challenging as we weigh up what to
whether to launch our new business idea or not.
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like a mythological journey, where we hear the call, and then descend into
"the belly of the whale," the place of uncertainty, unknown dangers, etc.,
and finally make our home-coming.
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radical innovation /
is like starting a football game
naively believing that the
opposing team does not exist.
The following points are things to
consider to help
make the decision
to "leap" or not, and to support you once you have decided to "→
What is the worst that could happen? Be realistic, and as
specific as you can, about what you might lose if it all goes
pear-shaped. Are you prepared to risk this?
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On whom will my making this change impact? Work colleagues,
family or children, employees, others?
What do I need to have in place to feel OK about this change?
Reserves, safety nets, support systems, etc.
What do I need to do before making the change? Loose ends to
tie up, things to have ready, people to speak to – to inform, or
Who can help
me, and how? Professional support – this is obviously a good
time, but also look for support from your life's
partners, family, friends, business colleagues, etc.
What will it cost me not to do it? Most
people will think about the costs and risks of making a change. It
is important to also consider what the costs of not doing something
might be. If you don't make the change, will you be able to let it
go easily, and get on with your life, or will you keep looking back,
saying if only!
How will I make this work? Look at the situation from the
place of having decided to do it – if you are going to do it, how will you make this work for you?
This is a totally different conversation from asking yourself if you can
do it, which can lead to lots of negative responses and a "no."
Asking yourself how you can do it will create an opening for expanded
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How long will→
the journey take? What are the various
stages of the journey, and how long will you allow for each stage – obviously you will need to
be flexible about this, but some
outline will be helpful. In your mind, walk yourself through the
decision and how it will unfold.
What will I do when I feel scared? Most change involves
a fear of losing something, even good changes, so be prepared for
feeling afraid during the course of your journey. Who can support you in
staying on track, and provide
motivation and encouragement when you feel like giving up?
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How can I celebrate my successes? Find ways, on your
journey, to celebrate the
achievements you have made. This is fuel for