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Life is a series of new beginnings. One chapter closes – and another opens – over and over. Which means that you and I periodically encounter seasons of transition.
You know what I’m talking about. Because you’ve been through it. Depending on the circumstances leading up to the transition, it’s natural to focus on the crisis, the pain, challenging circumstances. It’s all too easy to assign blame, point fingers, and ask why me.
These behaviors have little value and almost never help the situation. Let’s face it, we really can’t do much about the transition anyway – it’s going to happen one way or another.
Instead of being consumed with the uncontrollable, those facing transition are better served when they focus on these 3 disciplines:
Transitions can bring on a state of emotional emptiness. In crisis we become reactionary, testy, and inconsiderate.
You know there’s a problem when you’re on your way home from work and you consciously hope that your spouse has everything under control and the kids don’t need much from you. You simply don’t have any more to give to the most valued people in your life.
These feelings of inadequacy, emptiness, and failure are understandable. Because you cannot directly control how you feel.
Emotional health is the byproduct of your physical, mental and spiritual health. Trouble in one or more of these 3 areas directly effects your emotions. For more on this, read my post, 4 Critical Gauges for Your Life and Work.
Transitions offer the perfect opportunity to reset. As you turn a page and move into a new chapter of life, evaluate your health. You have so much more to offer than a handful of years of frenzied activity.
Whether your facing a job termination, dealing with an unexpected diagnosis, or grieving the loss of a loved one, transitions allow you to reconnect in meaningful ways with those who are deeply invested in your life. Spend time with those closest to you – family, close friends, supportive colleagues. Live in the moment.
Sure you’ll need to address the logistics of the transition – but resist the urge to procrastinate, worry, or fear. Request the help of friends and family. Spend time with encouraging people. These relationships will be forever improved through this season of transition.
3. What can be learned
Make note of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as you navigate the transition. Evaluate how you deal with each. And identify key areas that will help you through your next transition. Because sooner or later, you’ll face another.
Transitions can bring about dramatic improvements in your life and work. And I’ve seen transitions derail many who were not prepared to navigate transition.
The best time to make a decision is before you have to. So decide today to give plenty of attention to these 3 areas – and let the rest take care of itself.
Question: Think back to your last transition – how did you deal with it? What did you learn through it? Share your experience in the comments.