There is no magic formula. But there is accepted wisdom about what "works" and it cuts across all the different transition scenarios. You will do well to base your own approach on the following five tried-and-true ideas.
Well in advance, take time to anticipate the many practical elements of a future transition. Work to identify "who, what, when" for every aspect of the change. Write it down. Revisit and revise the plan as time passes.
Find and work with people who know what they are talking about. Friends and family are important and helpful to talk to, but don't stop there. Seek out professionals who understand the technicalities of service systems and can tell you about more options that your personal network doesn't know about.
Think through and decide what you want or need to accomplish in both the short term and the long term. Check off and celebrate your milestones as you achieve them so you can build on your progress. Steps for Goal Setting
Take personal responsibility for what happens to you. Whenever possible and to the best of your ability, speak for yourself.