It’s Time to Make a Change

Change is good. It can be scary, but it comes with possibility, opportunity and potential. Whether you’re considering starting a business, switching careers, changing up your service offerings, or ending a relationship with a long-term client, it can be difficult to let go of what you know so well, and accept the unknown.

Once you do, though, change can change your life forever.

But how do you know it’s time to embrace change? Here are a few measures that might tell you that it’s time to make a change.

You Lost Your Passion

There are a lot of different reasons people do things, but one of the most powerful reasons is because of passion. The best things in life are those we do simply because we love to do them. But, sometimes, that passion fades.

Routine can be a brutal passion-killer. Knowing what you’re doing day in and day out may be a good thing sometimes, but it can also start to chip away at the passion you once had for doing something, making you question if you should continue on the same path.

However you arrive there, the end result is the same — loss of passion can lead to change.

You Discover a New Passion

Just as you can lose your passion, you can also develop new passions. Do you remember what it was like when you first realized how much you love what you do?

Maybe your passion drove you to start a business, change your business model or collaborate with a colleague. Maybe your passion helped you get out of your comfort zone, or realize what was truly satisfying in your life. Passion is an amazing thing; it can inspire you, keep you up at night with thoughts of the possibilities, and help you eliminate distractions.

Our passions become our babies, the things we think about all the time and will do anything for. When you have a new passion, everything else takes a back seat. It’s new and exciting, and this might lead you to make a change.

Your Goals Change

Life changes, priorities change and goals change. Whether it’s gradual or sudden, you may be on a path of change that requires you to make difficult decisions in many different aspects of your life in order to let change happen.

If your daily activities are no longer supporting your long-term goals, that could be a sign that change is on the horizon for you.

A Personal Note

This is my last post as the main business blogger here on SitePoint. I’d like to thank everyone at SitePoint for welcoming me to the team and allowing me to become a part of the awesome work that they do. And thank you to the readers who have commented, interacted, questioned, made me laugh and challenged me to think differently over the past two years. You are what made writing here such a unique experience for me, so thank you.

If you’re a creature of habit, like I am, it can be a challenge to recognize when it’s time to make a change. I like routine; I like schedules; I like structure. That will come as no surprise to those who have read my posts. Combined with the relationships I’ve built with the SitePoint community through my posts, this has made my decision to leave SitePoint immensely difficult.

I may be back from time-to-time, but you won’t see me here on a regular basis. I have embraced change, and will give my new direction everything I’ve got. At the end of the day, you can’t grow if you’re not willing to accept change, and I have jumped into the fire with both feet.

I wish all of you nothing but success and want to thank you again for reading. Without you, this change would not have been possible.

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  • Colin

    Lost that passion? I hate probing questions that make you reflect on your life, career, accomplishments, etc. I mean, who really wants to look into that quagmire? It’s like wondering why there are 13 turns in the knot of a noose as it slips over your head. I think the term is “morbid curiosity”.

  • Fred)

    Alyssa,
    I’ve enjoyed your posts over the years and you’ll be missed. Good fortune in your future endeavors!

    • ordefobfearly

      Nice site . :)

  • netnerd85

    Thank you for some amazing posts Alyssa, good luck with your future projects.

  • fern

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  • Andrew Cooper

    Alyssa,

    I’m sat to see you go from SitePoint but I’m happy too, because I know that the fire you’re jumping into with both feet is a great one!

    Again, it’s a shame you won’t be around here full-time as a blogger but I’ll look forward to guest posts from you. You’ve taught me an awful lot, and you’ve indirectly helped make me a lot of money and made me a better businessman too. I can’t thank you enough, because the blog entries you’ve written at SP have been priceless, yet everyone has received them for nothing but a bit of their time.

    Goodluck Alyssa, I know this won’t be the last I see of you! :)

    All the best,

    Andrew