Be Successful – Making A Personal Change – Part 2 Be Clear About The Change You Want!

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In the last post in this series  I discussed the need to face reality,  admit that a change is needed and then take responsibility for action.  Now you need to be quite clear about what you need to change.

You need to be as specific and detailed as you can in the way you define the change.  Starting with a clear and detailed description has a huge impact on how successful the change might be.  If you don’t really know what you want, you can still find yourself  very disappointed.

Define the change – tips!

Here are some tips for defining the problem you are trying to solve in making your change

  1. Start with what you know now! Write down as much as possible about the thing you want to change, why you want to make a change and how you plan to make it.
  2. Consider what other information you might need. What gaps are there in your knowledge about the change you want to make.  Do you understand completely how you are going to make the change and what the full effects might be?  For example, will other people be effected?  Do you need their support in making the change and are you likely to get it? How much time and money will it cost to do it and do you have those resources available?  Does making this change mean you will need to make others – what will they be?
  3. Collect the information you need.  This could include both facts and the opinions of others about the change you plan.  What has been their experience in making a similar change – what has worked for them and what has not?  Try to gather as much information as you can.

Now you are ready to define the change you want to make.

If you have gone through the steps above, you are now ready to set down in detail what your change is and how you want to make it.  Write it down and make it as clear, colorful and detailed as you can.

The next post in this series is going to cover handling emotions when making changes in our lives. No significant change is made without some impact on our emotions and knowing how to manage that impact can be key to success.

I would love to hear your experiences in making changes in your life

Working with a coach can help you to change successfully – email me at the address below for information on how I can help you.

Wendy Mason is a Life and Career Coach.  She helps people have the confidence they need to be successful at work and to change career while maintaining a good work/life balance. You can email her at


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6 Replies to “Be Successful – Making A Personal Change – Part 2 Be Clear About The Change You Want!”

  1. A big barrier to change is self doubt. Moving from what you know and can do in your sleep to unfamiliar territory raises all sorts of questions and fears about your capacity not only to make the change but also to be highly successful at it. The way I deal with it is to act as if rather than let my feelings determine what I do. This is one time when it is good to let your head rather than your emotions take charge. Once I’ve made the decision to change I use this as my reason for taking the actions I need to take rather than allowing my feelings (fear, lack of confidence) to talk me out of doing it.  Ask yourself what would I do if I believed I could do this – then do it . 

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