When is it too late to choose different?
Some people will feel like it’s sometimes too late to travel the world or to change direction in their careers. Of course things change as we grow older, we know that. But sometimes it’s vital to be able to change direction and introduce something new. I don’t want to be the person who hits you over the head with a cheerful “it’s not too late, you can do it!” angle. But I do want to give you a few things to consider:
- Who do you listen to? Most of us spend most of our time listening to other people’s opinions. These people might know you well or not at all, but however nice their intentions are you need to have clear boundaries in your mind if these views are helpful and healthy for YOU right now. In my experience, the rest of the time most people choose to listen to the part of our brain that’s scared to change and serves us unlimited personal air time on our very own “you could never make it and here is another 100 reasons why this really is a bad idea” radio station. With these two forces in combination, no wonder most people choose to follow the path of least resistance, whether they like it or not.
- What’s the worst that could happen if you did choose something else? Would it cost you money? Time? Pride? Having to defend your ‘strange decision’ to family and friends? Most often the worst case scenario does not happen in reality, only in your head before you make the decision (and most likely repeat this over and over again in your mind).
- Could you afford it? IF the worst was to happen, could you afford the lost time, income, dent in your confidence? Would you have learned something?
- What if the best case scenario happened? Believe it or not, with the right focus and support crew, this is far more likely than point 2!
Some people say timing is everything. I don’t think it’s everything, yet it has importance. But unless we had resources, resourcefulness, awareness, support and a few other things up our sleeve, it’s unlikely we’d give ourselves permission to do it in the first place.
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