Five Great Reasons To Start Over (No Matter Your Age)

Whether you're contemplating a career change, a move, another education, a new relationship or quitting unhelpful behaviours: If you're feeling a pull towards the unknown, here are five great reasons to dare stepping into your greatness and starting over, according to me: 

1. You're Ready For The Next Chapter

Sometimes we reach a point in life when we've outgrown our current circumstances and feel an itch that we can't quite explain. There's room for more in our lives, or at least there should be. 

2. Life's Just Not Good Enough As It Is

This one is hard to explain, because on the surface, things are all good. Except for that inexplicable uneasy feeling that somehow, your situation as just isn't good enough for the rest of your life. Something needs to change, and while making that change won't be pretty, it will be for the best in the long run.

3. Your Purpose Lies In Something Else

You've got a great job and are maybe even making good money, but your heart just isn't in it, and the day-to-day brings no joy. You'd rather use your talents to help people in a way that is fulfilling and rewarding, and you know for a fact that can only happen when you start afresh in another role or career. 

4. You Can't Live Your Full Potential

As it is, your qualities and abilities go unused, or, even worse, unnoticed. You feel constrained in your development, because your boss doesn't get it or because your work setting just doesn't offer positions that would allow you to step up. Or maybe you're a writer, but your current role in data entry sucks the life out of you and leaves you with no energy to pursue your true calling and practice your skills after work. Whatever it is, it is clear that in your current situation, your goal is nowhere on the map and you're not appreciated for your true talents. 

5. You might actually die if you won't (!)

Especially if you're struggling with an eating disorder or substance use, the future looks grim. Particularly in times of the opioid crisis and accidental overdoses, even very recreational cocaine users, for example, can't know for sure that they'll wake up after a hit. And eating disorders, too, are often deadly; in fact, they're the deadliest psychiatric illness out there, and if physiological complications from the illness won't kill you, there's a good chance that suicide will. (If you've been thinking about harming yourself, please know you're not alone and call your national suicide prevention hotline as soon as possible. Canada: and 1-833-456-4566  US: and 1-800-273-8255)