Starting a new relationship, getting engaged or married. A breakup, a divorce or the death of a spouse. A major illness, disability or change in financial status. A sickness or the passing of a good friend, family member or co-worker. Starting a new job, being promoted, fired or retiring. Changing career paths or deciding to pursue a spiritual calling. Starting a new business, selling it or filing for bankruptcy. Moving to a new city, town, county or country. Buying a home, selling it or moving to a smaller apartment.
These are some of the major transitions many of us will inevitably have to embrace throughout our lives. Our ability to successfully navigate them will primarily depend on these key factors:
1) Embracing the Fear of Change
Major life transitions require that you leave behind the safety of what was familiar and known and face the uncertainty of the unknown. Embrace this fear as a natural part of your journey and don’t let it stop you from taking action.
2) Acknowledging that You Are in Transition
All transitions require that you move from point A to point B. What are you moving away from? What are you moving towards? Answering these questions will give you clarity regarding your next steps and keep you focused on the journey.
3) Appreciating all the New Around You
Look for signs that let you know you’re getting closer and closer to your destination. Appreciate all the new events, people, situations, and synchronicities that begin to show up. Take note of new habits, behavior, and virtues you are starting to develop. See them all as breadcrumbs guiding you along your journey.
4) Seeing it as a Period of Expansion and Growth
Major life transitions require that you expand into a higher version of yourself. Your brain is being rewired, your nervous system and even your heart are expanding. You are growing your courage muscles. You are learning to act with determination.
5) Being Patient and Kind with Yourself and Others
Let go of the need to have all the answers, get it right, or make it across too quickly. Mistakes will be inevitable so enjoy and flavor each day and each moment. When a situation triggers feelings of grief, sadness or anger, remember to be compassionate and kind to yourself and others. Transitions can be also difficult for those around you!
6) Remaining Grounded in your Heart
Listen to your heart’s wisdom. Pay particular attention to those intuitive nudges you receive through your feelings. Take note of your dreams and especially how you feel during these experiences. Your heart connects you to that part of yourself that sees the bigger picture and will gladly guide you if you’re willing to listen.
7) Keep Moving and taking Action
Transitions require that you keep moving forward and taking action. Rest when you have to but remember that the Universe rewards movement and action. Growth and expansion require that you embody a new way of being through action. So be sure to act decisively and wholeheartedly!
8) Enrolling the support of a friend, mentor or coach
You’re not meant to do it alone. Having a trusted friend or professional who can hold a safe space for you while you move through this transition can be very valuable – especially during those moments when you’re feeling lost and confused. If you’d like me to hold such space for you so that you can move beyond your current challenges, please remember I’m here to help.
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From my heart to yours.
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