10 ways to tell you are ready for change, even if you don't think you are

We all have something at the back of our minds that we want to change.

It may be that you have dreams of ditching the 9-5 and starting up your own thing. Or perhaps you want to go for that really cool promotion. Or are you struggling to communicate with your partner and you want to shift the dynamic?

Yes! That's me!

So what stops you from going for it?

Lack of time? Lack of money? Lack of confidence? Not knowing where to start or how to even begin to change?

And what if the decision itself is so complicated that you end up going back and forth only to end up doing nothing?

You'll tell yourself that it's not the right time, that it'll have to wait and that you can wait.

But! That feeling won't go. That itch won't be scratched. If that's the case, read on...

Here are 10 ways you can tell if you are ready for change. Even if you have convinced yourself you aren't!

  1. You can't help wonder 'what if' and find yourself daydreaming all the time

  2. You can't fully describe it, but you have a sense that you haven't yet found your purpose

  3. You've done the maths in your head and you know you can make this work

  4. You'd feel devastated if someone told you that you'd be exactly where you are now, in a year's time

  5. Things feel a little too comfortable right now, you need a challenge

  6. You know there's 'something else' out there for you

  7. You find yourself thinking about it in the middle of the night

  8. When you imagine yourself in a year, you can totally see yourself doing this

  9. When people ask you how things are going, you feel trapped and stuck

  10. You've read all the books and listened to all the podcasts on this topic but you still can't get enough

So what now?

You know you are ready for this. You need to take that first step; however small. In fact, the smaller the better! Test the waters and see how they feel. Go and dip a toe in that lovely pond.

Top tips for taking your first step towards change

  • Think big and then work backwards. Visualisation is the key to knowing what you want to change; goals help you refine and focus; weekly plans keep you on track

  • Find someone to hold you accountable