How to make it through when times get tough
You are making the big move. There is no turning back now. This could be a move to Japan, the decision to change your marital status, start your own business, buy a house, change jobs – or all of the above.
You know that feeling – when the initial excitement suddenly and surprisingly turns to a pit in your stomach. That is the fear creeping up that you may have made the wrong decision. I know this feeling – and it is not fun. That is why I am outlining for you a simple process that will keep you clear during “turn back attacks,” help put a stop to regret or second guessing yourself.
Answer the questions below on your own – or with those that are affected by the decision. Work through these quickly, naming the first ideas that come up. Save your responses and return to them when you´re in doubt or simply want to get realigned with what inspired your original decision.
- What seemed “right” about the decision when you first made it?
- What benefits do you anticipate as a result of the move?
- How does this move align with your values?
- What are the top 3 challenges you anticipate?
- List a few things you can do to work through each of these challenges.
- What will you be most grateful for in 5 years as a result of this change?
Your answers to these five questions will serve as an anchor when times get tough. Take it from me – being clear on these important points were invaluable to me the months following our decision to move from Switzerland to West Africa with my family.
The clarity you gain after investing 5 minutes now will save you precious time, energy and stress down the road. And who doesn´t want more time, energy and less stress?
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