Are you REALLY ready for a change?

Making change is hard work, especially when the change is happening in our own heart.

You are probably a part of this group because you sensed something is a little off.

>>You get frustrated more easily

>>You are tired all the time.

>>Your passion is missing.

Or maybe it is from an outside source. Possibly your children or spouse, your colleagues or staff have been hinting that things are not quite right.

A change needs to happen, but are you really ready (or maybe still just thinking about it)?

James Prochaska, John Norcross, and Carlo Diclemente outlined 6 different stages of change. In this group, we will focus on the first 4 stages, which mark the various stages in creating new ways of being. Each stage is marked by different feelings and goals.

Pre-contemplation- In this stage, you are not sure that you need to make a change, but everyone else is! It is marked by denial that there is a problem to start with. If your close family and friends are telling you something is wrong, you might be in the pre-contemplation stage.

>>You might try reading up on mid-career slumps, burn-out, self-care, and boundaries.

Contemplation – In this stage, you are aware that is a problem. You can feel it in everything you do. A hallmark of this stage is feeling stuck. You know where you want to be, but you are either unsure of how to get there or know how to get there but are not ready to make the necessary changes.

>>If this is you, you might try creating a mood board. What would it look like or feel like to not be stuck anymore

Preparation – You know there is a problem, and you know what needs to be done to fix it. Now it is time to commit to action! One of the stumbling blocks for this stage is your mindset. You need to believe that you can make this change.

>>If this is you set a deadline for when you will begin your change, tell a friend or post in this group your action plan for change and allow them to offer you support on this journey.

Action – This is the busiest and most visible stage. You are doing new things and creating new habits. The difficulty is sustaining these new ways of being. You will need to be prepared for the inevitable relapse to old ways of being and the struggle to continue on your new path.

>>If you are in this stage what type of reward are you going to offer yourself for the small steps you are making toward your goal?

As you think about your career renewal journey, what stage are you in pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, or action? If this feels too personal to put in the thread, go ahead and email me with your answer!

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