5 Tips for Getting Through Transitions
Life happens to us, often. As we learn to navigate through changes in life, we may find ourselves at odds with our expectations and our reality.
The gap between vision and current reality is also a source of energy. If there were no gap, there would be no need for any action to move towards the vision. We call this gap creative tension. - Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline
There are typically two paths towards resolution during this crucial point in our lives when we become aware of the creative tension gap:
a) Elevate Reality - We convert creative tension into opportunity, creating new ways to progress from our current state of being to the one in which we envision.
b) Lower Vision - We decrease our expectations of our ideal state to meet the reality of our current state, leaving little to no room for new opportunities to emerge as our vision has been lowered.
In the hopes of us choosing progression (see above choice 'a'), here are some things we can do to get through our transition:
1) Acknowledge the transition and its current impact on us. First step is accepting that we are in transition and that this may have real effects on (a) ourselves (mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health and wellness), (b) our loved ones, (c) our environment, and (d) our life's work.
2) Understand that our current state is not our final state. We've come very far, and our journey highlights both where we have been and where we are going; we are simply experiencing a foggy moment. Reflect and honor this, as this too shall pass.
3) Check in with your PBOD or mentor.
Refresher: PBOD | A personal board of directors is a group of individuals chosen BY YOU to guide you through your life and career journey. This strategic collective is your go-to when making real life decisions that impact the trajectory of your life and career. They provide advice, feedback, and occasional opportunities. Just as a nonprofit or business chooses its executive board for advisory and guidance, you actually do the same.
4) Slow down. Be present and take small steps to move forward. That's right; we return to our goals and rework them a bit, and set small, measurable, attainable next steps.
5) Spend time wisely. Time is our main leverage during this transition. How we use it to get to the next phase of our journey is essential, and often telling of how well we will convert our creative tension into tangible opportunities.