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The Simple Truth About How Signals for Change Help You Let Go

Are you a change embracer, or do you avoid change at all costs? Maybe your attitude is contingent on whether you are driving change or if a change is being unwillingly thrust upon you. What have you noticed? Whether you approach change positively or negatively, letting go is an integral component. Seeking change will fuel the letting go process. We can’t move forward if one foot is planted in the past. We can’t engage in the present if we’re holding on too tightly to the way things used to be. We can’t grow if we aren’t willing to let go and experiment.

In this two-part Smead podcast, my friend John Hunt interviewed me about Signals for Change. We talked about eleven different cues or indicators that let you know when it might be time to make a change. As you watch the videos, consider this question:

What do you need to let go of to embrace change?


The Signals for Change – Part 1

How do you know when it’s time to make a change? In Part 1, I review five change indicators:  Boredom, spark, sleeplessness, drama, and dings. What role does letting go play in the changes you seek?


The Signals for Change – Part 2

Letting go is an integral part of the change process. In Part 2, I review six additional change cues:  Lateness, plateau, painenvironmentopportunity, and the “whoa” factor. What benefits will you experience by letting go?


Change and letting go can be stressful and challenging or exciting and freeing. Our attitude and circumstances influence how we navigate these experiences. Noticing a change indicator prepares you for the letting go process. What have you observed? I’d love to hear your thoughts. I invite you to join the conversation.





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Reader Comments (10)

Great interviews, Linda. I love the way you explain these different reasons or motivations to make change. I love to change things up - particularly when it's my idea! I'm much more resistant to change when it's forced upon me. I keep that in mind when asking my clients to make changes in what (or how) they do things.

April 15, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

@Diane- Thanks so much. You bring up a valuable perspective about change- we're less resistant when we are the change drivers. However, when change gets forced on us, we tend to back away. So when working with our clients, it's helpful to remind ourselves about this. I also find that even if clients want to change, they aren't always 100% on board with doing what's needed to make that shift happen. That's where the letting go comes in.

April 15, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

This was terrific. I shared with my husband. We are wondering what change might be coming as we move into our "second half" of life. I am praying and trying to mindfully listen to what that might be. I love that you mentioned sleeplessness. This can be your subconscious expressing a restlessness that we need to pay attention to. The conversation about pain also has me thinking. I think as parents, we put up with a lot of pain to provide stability for our children. When does the point of pain become great enough to warrant risking a change? Tough question to answer. Really enjoyed this whole podcast, Linda!

April 15, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Seana- Thank you so much for listening and for sharing with your husband. I've heard you mention before that you are thinking about making some life changes. It's so fascinating when we quiet our mind enough to hear or see the cues. It sounds like you are listening carefully and I'm sure that things will become more evident as time passes. Your point about experiencing pain to provide stability for our children has me wondering what you meant. In terms of balancing pain vs. time to change, you're right that it's not a black and white solution. It's just that not always, but sometimes, pain can be the impetus for change.

April 15, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I embrace change when I can see the benefits, but I don't enjoy transition. I'd rather have this be the last time we do it this way, and going forward we do it the new way. Unfortunately, that's not usually how things work.

April 15, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Great videos and information, Linda! Thanks for sharing.

I do find that unless you are attuned to yourself, you may not see the signs that are shown to you. Over the years, I encountered many clients that had taken years (5 years on average) to connect to what the signs were and to determine what change needs to be made. The trick is not allowing that many years to go by.

April 15, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

@Janet- You're in good company. Most of us feel uncomfortable during transitions. Many years ago I remembered attending a presentation, and the speaker used the term, "a new normal." That always stuck with me. We get accustomed to doing and being a certain way. When change strikes (even if we're driving it,) things shift. And until they settle into the "new normal," we're walking on uncharted territory.

April 15, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Sabrina- I'm so glad you liked the videos and content. Thank you. You bring forward a significant point. We have varying levels of "attunedness." Being aware of what we're noticing comes more easily for some than others. And while it would be great if we could all notice things sooner, sometimes I think we don't because we're not ready to acknowledge that a change might be needed. So we ignore the signs. And then something occurs, and we have full vision. That's when change begins.

April 15, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Great post I loved that you incorporated the podcast into your blog. The Smead podcast always have great information.

April 16, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Schiesl

@Janet S.- Thanks so much. The Smead folks are terrific! They do so much to support the organizing industry. I especially enjoy the Keeping You Organized podcast series that John Hunt and Leiann Thompson do. It's always fun to listen to the varying perspectives our colleagues have. As you said, I agree with you that they share a wealth of information.

April 16, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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