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Making the Transition

This month we are focusing on Dealing with Change.  The goal for our coaching session is to help you make a transition in in a specific area of your personal or professional life.

To get the most out of this session, we recommend that you find a quiet place where you can be undisturbed for 5-10 minutes – put your mobile on silent, close the door, log out of your e-mails etc.  Have a pen and some paper available because it often helps to put your thoughts on paper to help you make more sense of them, and it is a really important way of committing to actions that you will set yourself.

When you are ready, follow these steps and answer each question honestly and as fully as you can:

  • Identify a situation in which you need to make a change.
  • Take a moment to familiarise yourself with the current situation, imagine yourself in that situation.
  • Ask yourself the following questions:

“What is good about this situation?”

“What is not good about this situation?”

“How do I feel about being in this situation?”

“What makes me feel that I need to make a change to this situation?”

  • Now, turn your attention to the new situation, where you have made the change.  Imagine being there, you may wish to close your eyes to help transport yourself to that new situation.  Or, you may wish to describe it in words or images on a piece of paper.
  • The most simple next step to take is to identify what you need to do to move from where you are now to where you need to be.  However, this may result in you making a change but NOT making the transtion.  The result is likely to be a short term change that does not deliver the benefits or results that you will gain from the process of exploring the change, moving your mindset to accepting the change and ultimately committing to making it work.
  • So, before you start planning your change strategy, take a moment to consider how you really feel about making the change.
  • Ask yourself the following questions:

“How do I feel about “letting go” of the past and making this transition?”

“What will I miss about the current situation?”

“In relation to making this transition, what (if anything) am I scared about?”

“What can I take from the current situation which will benefit me in the new situation?”

“Where can I get support from, to help me make this transition?”

“What can I do when I feel I am struggling to make the transition?”

“How will I maintain my motivation when things are difficult during the transition?”

“What is the best thing about making this transition?”

“What will be my reward for making the transition?”

  • Take a moment to consider the thought process you have just gone through and take a look at the answers you have written to these questions.
  • It may be helpful to you to come back to these later in the day, or perhaps tomorrow, to see if anything new comes out for you.
  • Then, the final question to ask yourself it, “what is the first step I need to take?”
  • Now, take that first step!

Remember, real lasting change requires you to make a transition.  Transitions can be difficult to make, particularly if the current situation is one that you are reluctant to move from.  You need to give yourself time and expect bumps along the way, and it is those bumps that ultimately make you more resilient and able to cope with the next change!

Good luck!

To read more on this topic, take a look at another of our other blog posts “Coaching through Change, not Transition

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