Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Change & transition

Are you in transition these days? Between jobs? Thinking about leaving your job or career for something new? Planning retirement? In retirement but wondering how you want to spend your days? Facing a transition because of health issues? Or experiencing transition because of aging parents or empty nest?

Life is filled with change. And that means transition. It's the transitions that do us in, says William Bridges in Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change.

"Change is situational: the new site, the new boss, the new team roles, the new policy. Transition is the psychological process people go through to come to terms with the new situation. Change is external, transition is internal."

And, as Bridges explains, transition begins with an ending and it means letting go of something. There we are with letting go again. It seems that so much of life involves letting go. Letting go of expectations, old messages that hold us back, old stories that keep us stuck, old resentments, etc. So it is with our transitions—even the good changes in our lives. Change and transition mean the loss of one or more things as we move on to the new. It means letting go.

As Bridges says, it's that internal process that's most difficult for us. Are you stuck somewhere in transition today? Would you like a complimentary strategy session to discuss this? If so, please contact me. I'm happy to help you explore a transition in your life. Let's see how you can make a good transition, whether you perceive the change as negative or positive.

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