Weaving through transitions

Photo courtesy of Ron Mader (Creative Commons)

Photo courtesy of Ron Mader (Creative Commons)

Change can be a dirty word for a lot of people. Change can be hard. It takes energy and thought and determination. Whether the change is self-induced or out of your control, you still must be uncomfortable, at least for a little while.

It isn’t just mind over matter, either. Many times, something is so ingrained as a habit that you don’t even think about it, and change means suddenly you are having to concentrate and focus to do the new thing.

And some changes don’t make sense at first, and must be reconciled in your mind before you can embrace them and determine ways to set about accomplishing them.

One of the most important parts of change, at least for me, is been to pause. My initial internal reaction to major changes can be negative, but it is important to ponder the idea of change before overreacting to it. Most of the time, once that initial shock has passed, the adjustments don’t seem so monumental. Reacting with denial, complaints, or whining only makes you and everyone around you miserable. Just pause and consider the changes, and let them sink in.

Once your mind becomes more adjusted to the changes, then it’s easier to start planning how to implement them. Gather information about new responsibilities or expectations, create a plan, and then start embracing the change.

The way I figure it, I can’t stop change, so it’s important to just figure out how to manage my own attitude toward transitions.

How do you manage change and transitions?