If your circle of friends and colleagues are anything like mine, there are many people going through personal and professional transitions. And the scale is from significant to minor. Seemingly, though, more on the side of significant.
In the mix of all this change, I, too, find myself going through significant transitions that are redefining both my business and me.
To hold at bay the ambiguous, clichéd advice like, “Just keep your head up.” Or “Make sure you have a plan,” I want to share four ways I’m managing this time of major transition.
Plan for time to be social. Depending on how you emotionally, mentally, and spiritually navigate major changes in your life, some of us desire to turn inwards. On the whole there is nothing wrong with this. Human beings are hard-wired to be social. If at work, interaction with others during meetings, at lunch, even at break get us out of our heads, even if for a little while. Perspective on how to work through the changes tend to break lose when I plan time to be social. This is a choice – to leverage social interaction as a break away from the preoccupation often associated with transition.
Talk about it. Times of transition are fueled by many types of emotions. When I talk about what I’m experiencing and thinking with trusted friends and peers, I establish a support structure. I’m reminded that I’m not alone. I’ve even gained new insights from my trusted sources. And my friendships grow deeper. I value this tremendously.
Plan for the near future. For me I find imagining what the near future will look like once I’m through the season of change to be a release. It reminds me of my purpose. It keeps me focused on what I value. It’s also great conversation for those social interactions.
Reflection time. This year I’ve deepened my practice of meditation and journaling. Both help me see when I’m believing a story I’ve made up that’s untrue. They help me see connections that move me forward as I work through my own life changes. Reflection time also helps me laugh at myself.
When I take time to push the pause button, I can see more clearly the pieces the details, the actions needed to keep moving forward. There are different insights in the stillness not obvious in the business of transition.
“Pause” photo courtesy of Maravillla