The thing with change and transitions is, they are strange places to be!
In the transitional space, you’re neither here nor there, you’re at that in-between stage of letting go of all that is familiar, of all that you have been doing for many years, of all that you can do with your eyes closed (well almost!).
You find yourself moving towards the new space, the space where you really want to work, the place where you really want to share your skills and talents. The place where your hearts skips a beat with excitement because you know that you will enjoy this work more so than any of the other projects you’ve been involved in and the place where you know you can make a difference!
And what’s that like?
What are the challenges that lie ahead?
What is the learning in store for you?
Who and what are the new points of contacts that will provide help, guidance and direction?
We don’t always have all of the answers to the above just yet. Perhaps you will have them in three or six months from now.
What I do know is that you will never find out unless you explore, move forward and engage more enthusiastically in the new space.
You CAN make progress via a slow and meandering route which may feel easier for now. Don’t worry, this isn’t a ‘cop-out’! Some projects aren’t meant to be rushed anyway.
Maybe taking more time in the early stages will gradually open up an easier path. Or perhaps it will encourage time for creativity or better relationship building.
Either way, I believe that by taking time to manage your transition slowly, you may just end up in a better space with a clearer way forward and and a project or business that is 100% true to you.
So, why not take a deep breath now, relax and trust yourself!
About the Author: Mary Fraser runs Fraser HR which provides an external HR support service to small and medium sized organisations. She is an experienced HR professional, coach and mentor. With a passion for learning and development she now also coaches children at Poppyfields.