“I am not what has happened to me, I am what I choose to become” – Carl Jung
Are you beginning or ending a job or relationship? Are you moving to a new home or moving into a whole new phase in your life? If so, you are in a life transition. We all go through many transitions throughout our lives. Some we welcome and some we resist.
The key to dealing with any transition is to approach it from a highly conscious perspective, which will increase your comfort level with change and uncertainty, and turn resistance or fear into excitement and the energy to move forward. If you are in transition or about to choose on a change in your life, transition coaching can help you to accomplish it.
What is Transition?
In a book by William Bridges titled, “Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes,” he creates a transition model that focuses on the three phases of transition: 1) an ending, 2) a neutral zone, 3) a new beginning. He further differentiates transitions from change. In his theory, change happens to individuals, which can cause resistant behaviors; whereas transition is the process individuals experience as they go through a change.
To achieve any transformation, we go through transition. To move through the transition successfully, we need to deal with the process of letting go of old identities, staying in the uncertainty of who we are becoming, and then embracing a new identity.
At some point in our lives, we go through major transitions that cause us to move from one stage in life to another. What are some examples of bigger transitions that may occur in your life?
- getting married
- preparing to have a new child
- becoming an empty nester
- finishing college
- starting a new job
- moving to a new home
- a new promotion at work
- losing a spouse
- losing a job
- receiving a health diagnosis
Questions that you may ask yourself if you are considering making transitions in your life:
- Who am I and who do I want to be?
- Am I doing what I am passionate about?
- Five years from now, where would my life be?
- Am I joyful each day with what I do?
- What keeps me from doing what I want?
If you are going through a transition you may ask yourself:
- Am I on the right track?
- Are there any self-improvements I should make?
- Am I achieving my goals, or I am not moving forward?
- How am I affected by the people around me?
- Do I feel focused or overwhelmed?
Life transition coaching is all about having a coach as you go through a change. It connects the gap from where you are to where you want to be. Transition is an action and having a coach will enable you to gain positive results.
If you are motivated to make some changes in your life or pursue what you are passionate about, life transition coaching is for you. It will help you adapt to these changes while having a coach or an accountability partner at the same time.
Life transition coaching will also help you in overcoming any procrastination, managing stress effectively, creating a vision and a mission that is aligned to your values. It will help you and guide you in managing the transitions in your life.
A transition coach will be your guide, motivator, mentor, and accountability partner who will be available for you as you go through transitions. Just think about having someone to work with you to help you achieve your goals as you transition.
An accountability partner can give you feedback and help make sure that you are on the right track and assist you to get direction and clarity. A transition coach will make you understand your bigger purpose and help you identify a career that really suits you – a partner in creating a plan and concrete actions towards success.
Are you ready for your next transition?