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Thrive Your Way Through Transitions With This Timely Advice

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How do you experience transitions and move through them? Do you feel jarred and disoriented? How does your energy shift and flow?

Transitions begin by ending the old. Losses and gains intertwine, advancing and receding in an ongoing tug-of-war. This pushing and pulling can be seen everywhere. Think of what happens as one season reluctantly gives way to the next. All the time, whether it's the natural world or our everyday lives, we are called to move forward in the face of uncertainty.

So it's helpful to understand how your own approach to transitions shapes your experience of them. The following brief exercise will help. It allows you to place yourself into the "transition space". Work quickly, so you encourage what's not fully conscious to surface. You can build later on the insights you gather.

Transition Exercise

First, close your eyes, repeat to yourself, "transition", and jot down the first 3 words that come to mind. These 3 words reveal the "frame" of how you view transitions.

Second, take each word and write a sentence about it. Again, do it quickly. This extends your transition frame, and provides you with insights about how your approach shapes your efforts and results.

Now bring your awareness to the present. Think of a transition you are experiencing now or have recently experienced. How does this transition change your time and focus right now? What recedes and what becomes more important?

Make a note of anything you discover, so you can put it to work for you.

See the lessons...

Understanding the basic nature of transitions also helps you focus your efforts. Transitions are not a straight line forward. Still, they provide you with a path to follow that is rich with lessons. This path may circle, even double back. But as long as you open to the lessons, you will move forward.

Even in the most challenging parts, there is always momentum. The movement may seem all too slow; you may not even feel it. Then, suddenly, the next step forward may jar you with its force. No wonder flexibility and open-mindedness help you in times of change!

It's a Process

Each transition embodies a process. You always experience a beginning, a middle and an end. Understanding this rhythm of transition will help you schedule your activities in transitional times.

It helps to remember: While you may not have control over the transition itself, you have all the control over how you move through the transition.



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