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So you’ve made the decision to change your life, what’s next?

My email on Tuesday garnered a lot of response and a very interesting text conversation. To recap, I talked about how to change your life in one easy step.

That step? Make the decision, out loud, to change it. Admit things aren’t great.Be ready to make changes.

Ok so what’s next?

In my case it was making a small but doable change. I knew I wanted to become a professional artist. I knew I wanted to have a social life. I knew I wanted to drive a desk a whole lot less.

So the change I made was carving out time to paint. Not waiting for the right moment. Hoping I could get an hour a week. I did a 30 days 30 paintings challenge specifically to create a body of work. Every night I painted.

It didn’t affect my income. It didn’t really change my social life. I think I had less! But making that one move did amazing things for me. It put my dream first.

So if you’re looking around, knowing you want to change something, shift a little. Adjust.

I’ve always wanted to write a whole book. .I’ve been published for short stories and poems under a different name. It’s a heady feeling. Validation.

My whole book dream was always a someday. Someday I’ll write a book. Maybe next year.

So late last year, I made a decision. Just like the one I made to become a professional artist. A firm decision.

And I wrote my book. First draft anyway. And writing it didn’t harm my income or cut huge swaths of time from my schedule. I spent a half hour a day writing. And in about 3 months I had a book.

I still have to write the second draft and I;ll do it the same way. In bites.

So step two, after you make the decision to change is to find a way to shift the balance a little. Enough to put your dream a step closer to first.

What happens next?

Well, that’s up to you. But I found that taking that step, adjusting the balance just a little, opened some pretty significant doors. I even ended up with a huge, and wonderful, circle of friends.