Transitions and Your Power: Transforming Time

Transitions and Your PowerTransitions are a constant in our lives. That’s because we are always changing, as is our environment.

Another way of saying this is that life is bigger than your plans. Sometimes that fact is more noticeable than others – like when your schedule is disrupted by unanticipated events.  But in truth, life is always bigger than our plans.

When it comes right down to it, there is only ONE thing that we can absolutely control.  We can always choose how we respond to whatever life presents us with.  But that’s really it, as far as control goes.

Now, I am not encouraging fatalism or passivity. Far from it!  You see, power and control are very different.  And the power that we hold is quite profound – and always available to us.

So, I’d like to invite you to view changes as special opportunities to plumb the depths of your power, grow in wisdom, and broaden your vision of life.  These opportunities are yours for the taking in each and every moment.  They are offered every time there is an occasion for you to exercise your power of choice.

So, how do you relate to your power when you are in the midst of change?

Remember, when you make a transition, you are responding to reality and making a choice about transforming yourself.

It is natural to feel off balance at times like these, especially at first, so go slowly. Affirm that important learning can temporarily upset your equilibrium. Encourage yourself to proceed gently, with eyes wide open.

Transitions: Illuminate Your Inner Landscape

Learning about your unique approach to transitions helps you create a pathway of power that is both grounded and balanced. So let’s start by shining a light on what transitions and change mean to you. Your transition style intimately reflects your history and hopes.

You may bring creativity and initiative to upcoming transitions, especially if they are changes of your own choosing. But your default responses may also include rigid coping patterns you developed early in life, when you may have been overwhelmed by changes happening around you … when you had no skills, compass or rudder for navigating them.

It’s easy (and very common) to resort to old behaviors under stress.  But reflexive reactions rarely do justice to complex demands. So offer yourself a special gift — explore this inner terrain with curiosity and compassion.

Transitions:  2 Common Responses

Here are two common “default dances” you might revert to when faced with big changes:

  • One is a white-knuckled grip, as you try to manage so much of what’s beyond your control that you burn out.
  • The other is losing your grip and allowing yourself to be carried along by the rush of events, as if you were in a spinning kayak without a paddle.

You’ll notice that neither of these responses has anything to do with the power we have been discussing.

But rest assured, there is another way. Stay tuned for some signposts we’ll share tomorrow, to help you tap the power you already hold in your hands. You truly can transform your time as you navigate through transitions!

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