“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
Today, I spoke with a real estate agent and mortgage broker. Big numbers and big words used to describe big numbers make my head hurt. Amortization. Debt-to-income ratio. Interest rates. Principal. My eyes glazed over. By the time I figured out what was going on, the mortgage broker had already hung up the phone and gone home for the day. I need a portable accountant in my back pocket. I tried to imagine a million scenarios in my head. How long will all of this take? Where will I live after I sell my house and before I buy an apartment? What if a co-op board hates me? What if, what if, what if? All of these numbers, big words, and what ifs make my head hurt.
Although change can seem overwhelming, we can’t just stand still, paralyzed by fear. Besides, what is the alternative? To remain stagnant? And then what?
Here are a few tips to replace the panic that sometimes seeps in when change is afoot:
- Make a list of pro’s and cons. What are the advantages and disadvantages of acting? How do the two choices compare?
- Talk to experts.
- Talk to friends who have had similar experiences.
- Take small steps towards change.
- Whatever you do, just keep it movin’!
What tips help you deal with change?