Often when we make a significant life change such as a career change or a relocation, we are deciding between a couple of different options. Weighing up the pros and cons of each and understanding the drivers behind all options is key to helping you make the right decision for you.
One of the exercises we use in coaching involves physically immersing yourself in all options and reflecting on how they make you feel.
Start by setting up your room. There are a few ways of doing it but what I like to do is focus on one option at a time. Set out one chair that represents not having made this change over a suitable time period, 2 years for a career change perhaps. Set out a second chair for if you had made a change.
Sit in one of the chairs. Talk in the first person in the present and reflect on how you are feeling and what you are experiencing in that moment in the future. What has changed for you? What has stayed the same? Who is there? Who isn't? How are you spending your time? Think about the things you value and reflect on how this 'new current' situation measures up against each of these criteria.
Do this for each option, making sure you give yourself time to think. Perhaps record yourself to make sure you keep track of everything you come up with.
It's always better with a coach who can ask you questions to help tease out the details and shine a light on blind spots but sometimes a DIY session can be a little nudge in the direction of a decision that feels right. Good luck!