It’s so easy to put off necessary changes. After all, we are very busy!

“I know I need to ___, but I’m waiting for a better time,” is a common response to our inner voice when it prompts us about a need we are ignoring. Over time, dismissing needs can become automatic–but we can’t continually ignore our intuition without trade-offs.

If trying to balance your life feels like you’re on a runaway train, consider how making changes now helps you avoid potential future problems with your relationships, your health, and with your business.

Take a moment to imagine a change you’ve been putting off. Then try the opposite approach by picturing yourself having to address that change immediately. Think about how, in an emergency, clarity and new choices often just appear. Your truth—what you believed up until that time—can alter pretty quickly when something simply must change.

If you found yourself suddenly in a place where change had to happen immediately, what’s the first thing you would alter, get rid of or do?