When you’re ready to move on, you shouldn’t feel guilty about the people you’re leaving behind. You should be making decisions based on what is best for your own future, your own happiness, and your own mental health.
When you’re ready to move on, you have to remember you’re not the only one who is going to be making changes as the years pass. You might hesitate to leave your hometown because all of your friends are there now — but they might be gone in another year or so. It’s the same with your career. You might not want to leave behind the people you’re currently working alongside — but they might move on as soon as they get another opportunity, so if you have an opportunity now, you shouldn’t automatically reject it.
When you’re ready to move on, you have to push aside your doubts. You have to grow comfortable with the idea of stepping into the unknown. You have to remind yourself how dangerous it is to remain in the same place for too long.
When you’re ready to move on, you should remind yourself not everything has to change at once. Just because you’re moving across the country doesn’t mean you have to lose all of your friendships. You don’t have to be in the same state as someone or work in the same building as someone in order to keep them in your world. You can preserve your friendship moving forward. Not everything has to change.
When you’re ready to move on, you shouldn’t second guess yourself. You shouldn’t spend too much time thinking about what could go wrong. It’s a good idea to prepare for potential outcomes, but it’s not a good idea to dwell on them. It’s not a good idea to psych yourself out by replaying worse case scenarios in your head on a loop.
When you’re ready to move on, you should keep your focus on the future instead of reliving your past. Yes, there are going to be things you’re going to miss now that you’re moving onto bigger and better things — but there are also going to be things you should be glad you’ll never have to deal with again.
When you’re ready to move on, you shouldn’t care too much about the timeline. You shouldn’t waste time wondering whether you’re moving too fast or fault yourself for taking this long to move on. You should simply enjoy the ride. You should enjoy the fact you’ve reached a place where you’re ready to say goodbye to your past and embrace a brand new future.
When you’re ready to move on, give yourself permission to celebrate. It’s hard to leave a place where you’ve gotten comfortable. It’s hard to advance in the world. It’s hard to embark on the type of journey you’re about to take, so you should be excited. You should be proud of yourself. You should give yourself a round of applause, even if no one else is around to do it for you.