By Carol Ebert, RN, BSN, MA, CHES, CWP
The word TRANSITION means the passage from one form, state, style, or place to another – CHANGE! Some of you are cringing thinking about change, but others are thinking – BRING IT ON! How many transitions are you experiencing right now? From holiday over-eating to New Year reckonings about weight? From worrying about money to wondering what else you could do to increase your income? From working in a job that is not a fit for you to wondering what else you could be doing? From leaving the workforce to enter the world of retirement and not knowing how to adjust? Transitions are everywhere at any time and can be perceived as negative or positive. I prefer the latter and have some thoughts to consider.
T – Trust your instincts. Rather than be caught off guard when things change, take the high road and note what your gut is telling you about what it going on. Keep in mind the change you are experiencing might be just what you have been secretly wanting!
R – Reset your eating and exercise program. Have you been stuck and know you want to get healthier but not sure how to make the first move? I’m sure you have dealt with this before, so reflect on what helped you be successful in the past and recreate those steps.
A – Adjust your thinking from I CAN’T to I CAN. See yourself healthy, happy and whole. Send time every day imagining yourself being your best and being grateful for all that you are and have. Hang up pictures to visually represent what your goals look like so you can start living in that body even before you get there.
N – Notice what you need right now. Go outside right now for a walk. Yes – right now! By yourself! Take a notepad and pen along because great ideas are sure to surface while you are walking and you may want to write them down before you lose them. Focus as you walk on what you really need right now to move forward thru this transition. This will be your starting point.
S – Set goals in alignment with your values to create the life you love. Have you ever taken the time to really ask yourself what you want? Yes, you know what your mother wants for you, what your kids want, what your partner wants, and what you “should” want. But what do you really want? Write down 3 dreams you have for a more complete life and post it where you can ponder it.
I – Integrate all your skills into a single focus. By now you have probably acquired a lot of great life and work skills that make you the fantastic talented person you are. During this transition, you might find that it is time to put them all to good use and see what emerges. Write down a list of everything you are great at – write until you can’t think of anything else – at least 30 things.
T – Train yourself for new skills. After I had acquired all the skills I thought I needed in life, I opened up myself to what might be next for me – the key – being open to possibilities. What showed up for me was “wellness coaching”, or some people call it “life coaching”. When I was searching for “what’s next for me”, a friend coached me and after just 2 sessions, I had a new direction, a plan, and I was on my way again. I loved the experience so much, I was trained to be a coach as well as a coach trainer.
I – Invite new opportunities. When I was transitioning out of the workforce and into my own independent wellness business, I needed to figure out how to earn money while still doing the work I am passionate about. Because I remained open to new ideas, I was presented with a way to help people get healthy as well as make passive income that could grow over time. The key was to stay open to new ideas and give them a chance to see if they could work for you.
O – Own up to what is best for you. Not sure what direction to take as you transition? Your guide should be how you “feel” about what you decide to do. As they say, if it feels right – do it?
N – Now is the time to reinvent yourself. I wrote a whole chapter on this in the book Wise Women Speak – Choosing Stepping Stones Along the Path. My gift to you is a free download of this chapter by logging on to my website http://carolebert.com/meet-carol/free-ebook/
Enjoy the process of your transition. Remember, it’s about the journey not the destination. Fun times ahead! Contact me at any time for support – email@example.com.
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