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Even Leaders Need Change: It’s Never Too Late

By. Dr. Areej 11 September . 40 min read

Have you ever found yourself getting frustrated or wanting more from your career, but thinking that it’s “too late to change”? 

Or that if you did make a change, you would be throwing away everything you had worked so hard for? 

In my work as a business coach with leaders around the world, I’ve found that large, life-altering change is something that many leaders resist, even when they know that they would be better off in the long-run.  

For many, it’s about thinking that the risks are too high, and they’ve worked too long and hard to get where they are today—and that any big change they made in their careers would knock them back down the ladder to where they started. 

Barriers to Change

When I work with clients who show an interest in change but a reluctance to follow through, the first steps that are taken are to identify the perceived barriers. Examples of these barriers might include: 

  • I’ve worked too hard to get where I am today
  • Too many people rely on me
  • I don’t want to start over
  • The risk is too high
  • I don’t know where to start
  • I don’t know what I’m passionate about anymore 
  • I’m afraid of failing 

The risk of failing is the core of the issue. To move forward and work through that fear, you need to understand on a deep level that your current position in life is not the result of luck. 

It is the result of hard work, determination, intelligence, and your own personal experiences that have gotten you where you are today. 

When you make a change, you don’t abandon your collective experiences. Your knowledge comes with you, your work ethic comes with you—and when you make the change towards the life and career you want, your determination to succeed is even greater than ever before. 

Why You Should Embrace Change 

We’re not meant to stay in the same position forever, even when we’ve reached the top of our fields. Not only do our interests change as we experience more of the world, but the way we want to spend our time changes as well. 

Expecting our careers to continue to meet our personal and professional needs and desires is not the solution. If we ignore our needs, we put up mental blocks that keep us from recognizing our full potential. 

What is the solution? 

As a leader, you know how to evaluate risks and make decisions for others. It’s time to take those skills and put them to work for yourself. 

If you’ve found yourself thinking that you want a change, or that you want your spark back and to find a deeper meaning in your work again, it’s time to stop saying it’s “too late” and time to start planning the next steps. 

Many times, my clients have no idea what those next steps might be. It is only by removing the sense of fear and lowering mental blocks that they can create a strong vision for change. 

If you’re ready to ignite your spark again and begin removing the barriers to change, sign up for a consultation appointment today and we can begin the process of changing your outlook, reconnecting with yourself, and preparing to move forward into the next phase of your career.  

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