When you realize (it's time to make a change). . . .

One of my wife and my favorite movies is When Harry Met Sally. It was one of our early dates (on VHS, not in theaters), and it holds a ton of memories. It is funny, poignant, well-written and acted, and filled with great lines and memorable scenes. The final scene, when Harry and Sally finally, officially, get together, is punctuated with Harry’s amazing line: “ . . . when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. It’s a classic movie line makes total sense in rom-coms and relationships. It also, if edited a bit, is a great way to approach any necessary change in our lives; when you realize you want to make a change in your life, you want to make that change happen as soon as possible. Too often, we recognize a change that we want, or need, to make in our lives, and don’t act upon it. We defer the change, opting to wait for “the right time” when we all know that there is no right time for something to happen. Change is hard. Change takes work. Change means stepping outside your comfort zone, because what is comfortable is no longer what is best. And because of that discomfort and the work change takes, there is always an excuse NOT to make the change.

Look at our professional lives; there is a reason that so many people are stuck in jobs that they dislike at best and are miserable in at worst. There is safety in having a job, even if it is not what you want to do with your life, rather than taking the risk of pursuing a passion. So many who pursue a dream career or start a business do so not because they proactively take the leap, but because change is forced upon them by their previous employer, and that is the push that was needed.

There is no perfect time for change. There is always a reason not to do something. . . . but that reason rarely outweighs the benefit of taking action. What would happen if we switched to a mindset of taking MASSIVE action at the time we realize that action needed to be taken? How much more productive, successful, fulfilled and happy could we be? Don’t wait for change to be forced upon you; make change happen. When is the best time to make a change? When YOU realize that it is time to make a change!

Are you thinking about making a change? Are you ready to take a leap, but are unsure about how to get started? I work with clients every day who want to get better, recognize that better means change, know that change takes work, and are willing to put in that work. If you have that mindset, I would love to work with you. Let’s talk. . . .


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