When is it time to change?

Published on Oct 15, 2020

A friend asked me about her career. The old saying goes: love it or change it. However, change is hard and often perceived as this big risky move. That's why I'd say it's rather about: accept the costs of inaction or take the tiniest step towards where you want to be. What does that mean? 

I used to change direction in my business as soon as I did not love it anymore. However, by doing so I did not only overwhelm the team but also stress myself unnecessarily. Lately, I've been taking a calmer approach to change. 

Whenever I'm not happy with a situation, i.e. currently it's our apartment, I ask myself: 

  • How much energy does the current situation suck out of me? 
  • Can I commit to investing energy into changing it right now? Or have I already committed to other big projects and risk overcommitting and putting too much pressure on myself? 
  • If I don't change this now, what am I missing out of in 6 months, 1 year, 3 years?  

When I notice that I don't want to change anything right now, I accept the situation, decide when to revisit it again and make the best out of it. 

When I decide I want to change something right now, I ask myself:

What's the tiniest step I can take right now with what I have towards that new direction? 

Change appears big, risky, hard and scary. However, if you break it down into one small step after the other, it seems doable. 

Thanks to Andrea from Nahdenken for reframing my perspective on change in your thought-provoking workshop about change. 

Another game-changing exercise is Tim Ferriss' Fearsetting that I can highly recommend.