We all like to think of ourselves as innovators. We like to believe that we aren't like those people, the ones who get too comfortable, who never do anything new. We all want to be part of a change movement.
However when we're given the opportunity to make changes, we often get stuck on 'What Ifs" or "How Abouts". We begin to analyze the options with much more scrutiny than we would suggest to others, and it often leads us to passing up opportunities because we're afraid of the change.
So then how do we do it? How do we make tough decisions to change things up?
1. Build a toolkit
There's no point in reinventing the wheel every time you come up against a tough decision. Be proactive, start thinking about strategies that have worked for you in the past, and write them down. If you can't think of any on your own, check out Forbes' suggestions.
2. Ask for Advice
You can run yourself ragged considering all the pros and cons of your options. But even after all that thinking, you may not have a clear decision. It's important to turn to those around you: mentors, parents, friends. Go to your most trusted advisors and see what their choice would be.
3. Be Headstrong
Last but certainly not least, it is absolutely essential to trust your choices. Once you've made a decision, you have to be headstrong and run with it. You've done the research, you've weighed your options, now trust your work.
Taking the next step is never easy. Especially when it involves big life decisions. But don't despair, with the right tools and some good advice, you can trust that your change will lead you to an exciting new venture.