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Wading through a transition

By • Oct 18th, 2007 • Category: Personal Development

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At some point on life’s journey, we will find ourselves in transition and we will have to make decisions regarding the next phase in our lives.

Some of us will be looking for our next professional path. Others may be trying to figure out relationship issues. Many would be wondering if they could really achieve a long-held dream. Additionally, a large number of the baby-boomer population, will be contemplating their move towards their impending retirement.

You may be very excited about the possibilities inherent in the change you are anticipating, and could hardly wait to explore all the new boundaries. Yet, as you venture further into your transition and the realities of daily adjustments begin to settle in, you may lose sight of the new life your envision.

When you find yourself in the midst of this kind of uncertainty it is easy to buckle under the discomfort of not knowing exactly where you are headed or what is your next move. Critical voices rise up, implying that you have made a mistake or that you don’t have what it takes to find our way through. You may become fearful that your resolve to make the change appears to be slipping away. Undoubtedly, your relationships will reflect your anxiety. The people, who once endorsed your new journey, begin to feel the effects of your turmoil and their support may falter.

The feeling of being between lives is extremely uncomfortable. It is at this point that you might be tempted to quit. You might convince yourself that your only recourse is to trade your long-held or new dreams for instant relief from the uneasiness. However, if you let the voices of fear and doubt override the voice calling from your heart, you are apt to make decisions about your future that may not serve you well in the end.

Here are some things you can do to navigate successfully through any transition.

* Pray daily for God’s guidance; stay in tune with His voice through His Word. This will ensure inner peace as you move in a new direction and avoid confusion if He shows you a different path.

* Familiarise yourself with the process of transition. If you know what to expect, you would be better able to withstand the times of uncertainty.

* Make sure you have a strong support network in place. This network can consist of anyone who will prayer with and for you, hold your hand, prop you up, and nudge you forward on your journey. Of course, the people in this group can only support you if they understand the significance of your transition as well as the impact it will have on their lives.

* Don’t be afraid to make full use of your support system. That’s what the members are there for. Call when the going gets rough or uncertain. Check in at regular intervals to keep them abreast of your progress. Regular pep talks will help you to stay focused and enthusiastic.

* Remember that slow and steady wins the race. Listen to your heart and always keep your goal in front of you as a beacon guiding you.

It takes drive and daily motivation sprinkled with the loving support from others to stay the course. Remain open to the experience and continue to move slowly towards your goals. It is a leap of faith but you will eventually emerge from the haziness of your transition and find yourself in a new and wonderful place filled with the deep satisfaction that comes from living your best life.

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