Take Control or Stay Miserable Forever

Change or Die

Someone on TikTok recently asked me if the advice I dish out actually works for me. Let me tell you, I only speak from experience, not theory. You see these white hairs? They’re earned from a life full of experiences, not all of them good. But through it all, I’ve learned one thing: change is inevitable.

I found myself in a place where I wasn’t happy, and I knew something had to change. So, I made a major change. The thought of making such a bug change was scary.

At some point, you’ll face the same question I did: What’s scarier: change or being left out in the cold? 

Do you want to take control of your life and career, or end up stranded without a job, prospects, or hope? The choice is yours.

The Sunday Evening Litmus Test

How do you know you need change? A friend of mine has what he calls the Sunday Litmus Test, which goes like this: check how you feel on a Sunday evening. Do you feel crappy and cringy about it being a work day tomorrow? Do you wish the morning would never come? 

Yes? Then you need a change.

But remember, whether you initiate change or not, it’s most likely change is coming. In today’s tech-driven world, change is like the weather – it’s coming whether you’re ready or not. The real question is, how will you respond? Will you seize control of your destiny or let the waves toss you around like driftwood?

Who Moved My Cheese?

I know change can be scary, but there is something that can help. Ever heard of ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’ by Spencer Johnson? It’s a short, easy-to-read, fun book.

It’s a book about two mice, Sniff and Scurry, and two little people, Hem and Haw, navigating life’s maze. Long story short, the moral of the book is that change is like cheese in a maze – it’s always moving. 

Instead of fearing it, embrace it. Adaptability is key. Let go of fear, take action, and shape your own destiny.

The book helped me to muster up the courage to make the change needed.  I strongly recommend you read it.

4-Step Change Strategy 

Ready to make a change? Here’s a simple strategy that worked for me: 

  1. Self-assessment: Change starts with self-awareness. Take the time to know yourself – it’s the first step towards finding your path. It will give you a good sense of who you are, what your passions are, and what options will be best suited to your personality type.
  2. Research: Once you know yourself better, the next step is to find out what is best for you. Go online, chat with folks, consult ChatGPT – the possibilities are endless. Research is key to making informed decisions about your future.
  3. Education and training: By now you’ve likely got a very good idea of what you need to do, the next step is to upskill yourself and gain all the necessary skills to enable you to reach that goal.
  4. Networking: Ready, steady, network!! Networking opens doors and connects you with like-minded individuals who can support your journey. Golden advice: DO NOT TRY TO GO IT ALONE.

I understand more than most people that change is scary, but the alternative is scarier. Weigh the pros and cons, but remember, embracing change is the first step towards growth and fulfillment.

Embrace it, adapt, and watch your life transform for the better. It’s time to take control and write your own story.

Watch our latest Podcast for more on this topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_faB90lpepk&t=1s



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