Are you ready for change? 5 quiz questions to help find out
1. When you think of continuing in the same way as now for the next three years do you:
a) feel safe and comforted
b) feel OK, but uninspired
c) feel trapped, as though you need to get out.
2. If you were planning a trip today and you had the money to do so would you:
a) go to the same place you’ve always gone, it's familiar
b) maybe go to somewhere you’ve been before, but do something new
c) choose somewhere you have never been before.
3. When you look at your situation do you find you:
a) just can’t imagine things being any different
b) want things to be different but you aren’t sure how
c) are full of ideas of how you’d like things to be, even if you aren’t sure how to get there.
4. When you think about a pattern or habit that doesn’t make you feel good do you:
a) prefer to stick to what you know, it's safer
b) wish things could change, but you are worried about taking the risk
c) feel desperate to behave in a way that’s better for you.
5. If you imagine really having exactly what you want, does it:
a) feel daunting or overwhelming
b) feel good, but you wonder what you’d do next
c) feel exciting or free.
For every A you answered, score yourself 1 point.
For every B you answered, score yourself 2 points.
For every C you answered, score yourself 3 points.
What your score could mean
6 or less
The chances are that, although there might be things in your life that aren’t the way you want them, for some reason you feel the need to hang on to them. It’s not unusual for us to feel safe with the familiarity of a situation, even if we think it's making us feel unfulfilled or bad. After all, we wouldn’t have bad habits otherwise. The question is, do you really want to feel this way? If not, ask yourself, what’s the purpose of keeping yourself where you are? You might find that the reasons you are sticking in the same place are actually out of date, if so begin imagining change and you might find it isn’t as daunting as you thought. A coach may be able to help you get out of a rut, if you decide that’s what you really want to do.
You probably really want something that you are unhappy with to be different, but you can’t even begin to think how it could actually happen. Also you might feel you are stuck in situations that aren’t of your making. The first thing to do is take responsibility, it may not be your fault you are in this situation but the only person who is actually going to get up and change things is you. So accept the responsibility for change. Ask yourself if there are any particular blocks getting in the way of change and start working toward looking at them from a new perspective. It maybe with a bit of coaching you could shift those blocks and move on to a brighter place.
11 or more
It looks like you are ready for things to change. It seems that you have probably already decided that the old ways of doing things just aren’t working and you are ready for the next phase of your career or life. Begin to build a strategy, open your eyes to opportunity and gain an understanding of how you ended up in a place you didn’t want to be and what will be different from now on. If you really want to capitalise on where you are at, you might find that a few sessions with a coach will help you bring your ideas to fruition and take you forward to your next adventure. Good luck!
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