Change and Transition

Posted on April 14, 2016. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I’m going through a big change right now!  I’m changing my website, re-activating my blog, and re-formatting my workshop offers!  Hopefully Spring’s fresh energy will sustain me not only through the change, but motivate my entire transition! And just what is the difference???

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People have asked me why I label what I do ‘Coaching Transitions’.  They insist that change and change management are the key words in our world today.  What company isn’t going through some type of M&A, restructuring, downsizing or expansion?  Who isn’t in perpetual change? Who isn’t adapting to new tasks, new teams, career growth or shifts in professional and personal projects?

Let me explain, why transitions as opposed to change; Willam Bridges describes it clearly in his book, ‘Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change.’ Change is situational, physical.  We change schools, jobs, partners, locations, goals, etc.  But here’s the crux of the matter.  Change happens.  Transitions are the psychological adaptation to those changes.  That doesn’t necessarily just happen.  We find ourselves in a new situation with an old mindset.

How can we get our heads around the changes happening in our lives?  Changes which can be spontaneous or planned, desired or feared, embraced or resisted…  We need to come to terms, our terms, with what is new, different, unknown.  Think moving abroad, starting your business, climbing the ladder, having a baby, retiring.  Change is our only constant!

Bridges describes the process of transition; the unraveling of what is known, the space called ‘no-man’s land’ of the unknown which we wade through to finally begin piecing things together.  We pick up those most vital pieces of the old and combine those with new pieces, and new perspectives. The bits which create sense and meaning in our new situation.

And therein lies our personal power.

Our power to choose which pieces are right for us, which pieces provide us with both security and inspiration to build what we want, what we need to thrive in change.  What skills, connections and attitudes do we want to make the most of the change around us?

It has been my experience that people can blossom in change if they have the support and space to acknowledge the process, validate what that triggers within them, recognize the options before them and feel the power of the choices they can make.  I love seeing the energy and enthusiasm my clients discover when they negotiate the transitions for the changes happening in their lives.

What change are you dealing with today, this week, this month, this year?

Interested in learning more?  Read Williams’ book or reach out; let’s have a conversation to look at the changes going on in your life and what you want to make of them!



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I love this line from your blog, “Changes which can be spontaneous or planned, desired or feared, embraced or resisted.” If you want to attract readers to your business I would encourage you to steer away from shining a light on someone else’s work (William Bridges) unless you’re supporting each other in a joint venture. Thanks for sharing and good luck with your website. I am in the same place. Blessings, Nanci

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Hi Nanci, Would you be willing to share what it is that you love about the line you mentioned? Understanding your perspective interests me and I’m sure it interests my other readers as well!


Sure. I’d be glad to share what I liked about your phrasing changes come in all shapes and sizes. Few do we open our minds and hearts to with anticipation. Your post made me think of the dual nature of change and whether I embrace or fear it is up to me. I’m currently going through a dramatic big work related shift for the second time in less than a year. Last June the rehab center I worked for as a substance abuse counselor for 13 years closed due to finance. Instead of looking for full time work I courageously went out on my own counseling and life coaching. I picked up a lucrative consulting contract facilitating wellness groups for State employees from the attorney General’s office, to forestry to the department of human services. I love working in groups. Unfortunately our governor did not renew the contract with the hospital. I was one of three facilitators and 42 employees. The contract was awarded to an out of state provider. Again it was a financial decision to cut cost. Outside of my control. However when I am feeling anxiety associated with financial insecurity I am choosing to focus on maintaining my inner calm, inner peace. I have just published my first book Achieve The Summit of Your Dreams. In it I talk about our inner fear leaders and how we need to bring in the cheerleaders who will help motivate us and cheer us on. Thanks for continuing the dialogue. Blessings, Nanci


Hi Nanci,

Thank-you for sharing your story and congratulations for your mindfulness and the decisions you’re making to deal with the changes. I think it shows clearly the difference between the change (the state not renewing the contract) and the transition you are going through (feeling the anxiety of financial insecurity and choosing to focus on maintaining your inner calm). That captures very well the message of my post.

Reading your story I see that you have found excellent opportunities before (you picked up a lucrative contract)… How did that happen? Where else can you be for something similar to happen again? Maybe here on Social Media!

All the best Nanci in achieving your dreams!


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