“Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.” – William James
Achieving a goal, making a change or completing a transition is gradual. It’s not (anything) like flipping a light switch.
Sometimes it may seem like all of a sudden things are different, but such is an illusion. There may be a decisive event that is a shock or creates a sharp contrast, but anything is long in the making.
Seeing this truth and making best use of the “precursor time” that is afforded to us all is one of the keys to an excellent life.
Two best practices are: 1) be clear about what you want (and what you won’t abide… ) and 2) be aware of each moment and how they are indeed creating your future.