transitioning into a new career
As we end one phase in our lives, a new one begins. And so it goes with life’s transitions. The challenge with transitions, exciting as they can be, is that we do not know what’s on the other side. It’s all new and change can be scary.
Sometimes change comes suddenly without foresight of change. When this happens, it is most important to get support and to hold on to routines and structures that are positive in your life. Keep that exercise routine, or those classes or group activities that feel supportive. We need to know that there are some constants, so keep the ones that work.
In many situations, we have a sense change is coming and when we do, this is the best time to take action. Spencer Johnson, M.D., author of the bestselling Who Moved My Cheese? writes about the styles of four mice who have to adapt to the cheese being moved. The message is that those of us who perceive that change is coming and prepare for it, adapt most quickly to change. Those who become angry or deny that change has arrived and do nothing, do not adapt well to change and pay the consequences. Those who eventually adapt to change have to work through their denial and procrastination in order to see something better.
"The most successful people are those who understand change and take advantage of new situations.”
Here are some tips to ease the stress of the end of projects, situations and relationships:
• As you see change coming or know it is in the near future, seek new opportunities.
• Grieve what you are losing and appreciate and give thanks for the positives of the experience.
• Identify things that did not work and ways to do them better in the future.
• Make a list of everything you learned from the experience that you can use in future situations.
The most successful people are those who understand change and take advantage of new situations. For those of us who are creative, we face change and transition often as we are always finding new creative ways to do what we do. We transform obstacles into opportunities by finding ways to use our strengths and build on them. Change and transition is inevitable. It’s how we view it and use it that determines our success.
by Patricia Raskin, President of Raskin Resources, is a radio broadcaster and transition coach. The Patricia Raskin show is heard on Saturdays 4-6PM on WPRO, AM630 and 99.7FM and online at 630WPRO.com