Transitions come in all shapes and sizes, and the odds are great you’re facing one right now. Transition happens when you enter a new decade of life, when you go from being single to getting married, when you have your first baby, when you move to a new city, or when your last child leaves the nest. Transitions happen when you get a promotion or lose your job. Many have faced major transitions as the career they started is no longer relevant in a new world of work. We’ve all faced tragic transition times that come through the death of a loved one, the death of a marriage, or the death of a dream.Transitions are a normal part of life, but many people get derailed and some don't recover at all. Click To Tweet
Transitions are a normal part of life, but many people get derailed and some don’t recover at all from a transition.
What about you? What transitions are you facing right now, or what change do you see headed your way soon? Maybe you’re stuck in a transition that has happened a long time ago, and you simply can’t move on. In my daily post/article scan, I ran across the phrase “ugly transition” and that sums it up well for many.
I am in another transition season right now moving into my 60s with work changes and changes that come from being a grandmother, church changes, husband changing work, etc. I feel a chapter closing and a new chapter being written.Our entire lives we're either in a transition, coming out of one, or about to enter one. Click To Tweet
So what proactive steps do you need to take in a transition so it doesn’t derail and turn into an “ugly transition?”
3 Things to Do:
1. Admit you’re in a transition.
Don’t deny it and don’t diminish it. Give yourself permission to acknowledge the transition you are in. Stating it with family, friends, and coworkers is the beginning of moving through it in a healthy way to new opportunities. Transitions are real and require a great deal from us mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It is going to show up in your life and it takes wisdom to acknowledge it to yourself and others.
Give yourself time to look at this transition in an honest way. What do you like about it? What do you hate? What do you grieve in the transition? Going through a grieving process is a key part of healthy living. Don’t rush over it or through it. Ask someone to help you process the transition in a healthy way and look for opportunities for the future.As people of faith, we can approach our transitions with confidence and hope. Click To Tweet
3. Accept it and focus on the future.
Let go of the hurt (with time). Let go of your children and let them live their adult lives. Let go of the younger version of yourself. Let go of a dream and dream new dreams. Look at your opportunities, your gifts, and think about your next season of life. Transitions require a healthy goodbye and a healthy hello to the future.
As people of faith, we can approach our transitions with confidence and hope. There is something new for you in this season. It will be different for sure, but new and good and meaningful.
Our entire lives we’re either in a transition, coming out of one, or about to enter one.
What transition are you going through, and how are you handling it?