If you feel pulled in the direction of change, begin your planning and preparation with an honest self-assessment. Check in. See if your mind and emotions are aligned with your decision and plans. If there is a gap between what you think and how you feel, you have work to do. Moving ahead without attending to this inner gap inhibits progress.

To align your energy and intentions, your thoughts and emotions, put your truth down on paper – all of it. Talk honestly with yourself about what you’re doing and why.  Listen to the voices of your inner child and the inner critic – the Border Patrol.  Interact with both. Hear them out.  Respect and learn from their perspectives. Then, assess whether your idea feels wise to pursue.

Resolving inner conflict and facilitating congruence between your thoughts and feelings is the best route to inner peace and lasting change.