When living abroad, start with a baseline

It is never too late to be what you might have been - George Elliot

Living abroad
Know where you stand to get where you want to be.

Change is a constant process and part of being human especially when living abroad.

Making changes in our life is so beneficial, and it is a way we grow and develop as a person.
Now that you embark on living abroad, and face changes, start from where you are.
Until you know where that is, it would be challenging to embrace the change.
You have to start with a baseline.

Start with a baseline when living abroad

Starting with a baseline is about figuring out where you are and what you want to become.

So then you know what needs to be adjusted and changed precisely.
It may sound surprising, but many of us are unaware of what we do and how we do things.
When my clients feel uncertain and unmotivated, I ask them to review their core values to get a baseline. So they know what aligns with them. Knowing their values helps to get a baseline.

Many of us are on autopilot, and we honestly are not aware of what we are doing. When you track it – and this works with anything – you have a clear picture of where you are and what needs to change.


Once a client said that she didn’t have enough time to accomplish everything she needed to do. When she tracked her time for a week, she was made painfully aware that she was spending hours in front of the television.
The first step in change is awareness.
You have to become aware of what you are doing and exactly where you are before you move forward.
Keeping track for a week or two will provide you with valuable information that will support your change effort.

Before you embark on any effort, you have to know where you are. It is like those travel maps that have an X printed next to “You are here.” Until you are aware of exactly where you are – and many of us don’t have a clue – it will be challenging to make the needed change.

Steps to take

The first step in your change effort is to determine where you are.

  • Make clear what your core values are.
  • Be aware of what person you want to become.
  • Keep a log for a week or two with activities aligned with your values.

This process will give you a realistic idea of what you are doing. You can track anything from how much money you spend on beneficial activities to your personal development to how many hours of healthy exercise you get.
Once you know the truth about where you are, you can proceed to your next step.

Do you want to know more about Expat Life and how to benefit the most out of it?

Are you looking for more personalized tips and feel more at ease while living abroad? 

I am an Expat Life Coach practitioner with more than 20 years living abroad. Through coaching sessions, I can provide some guidance to you. You will not feel lost in your new country, but start feeling more engaged and determined.

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If what you are looking for is to learn more about how to invest in yourself and grow while living abroad, visit the Launch You program to get some ideas!

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