In this episode, we continue talking about ‘Recognizing and Navigating Seasons of Transition’.
The truth is that change is inevitable. The question is, what will you do with change when it comes to you? You see, TRANSITION is something we will all experience in life. It is that place between the way things used to be and the way they are becoming. It is the blank page between two chapters in a book. It is unchartered territory. It’s not where you have been, and it is not the full expression of where you are going. It is the place called BETWEEN.
13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 3:13-14
What is Transition?
The following excerpt was take from an article www.Therarive.com
In the simplest terms, transition is change. In a broader sense however, transitions are life’s way of asking us to reexamine our present way of being. These transitions can be predictable such as a child leaving for college or marriage, or they can be unpredictable, such as the sudden death of a loved one or a traumatic accident. Whatever the degree or intensity of the event, every transition we experience has one thing in common. It forces us to make changes to our existing life. And with change, comes resistance. A major life transition literally closes one chapter of our life, and starts a new one, putting us in a new place and direction that we have not walked before. It is often a very difficult adjustment as we endure intense feelings of fear, doubt, and uncertainty.
Transitions typically mark an ending followed by a time of self-reflection, which hopefully, leads to a new beginning or outlook on life. Every life transition asks us to let go of a past way of thinking or doing. By doing so, we are given the opportunity to replace the old way of being with something new. During the transitional period however, we usually feel uncomfortable, almost disconnected with our environment and even ourselves. While this is natural to some extent, if you can’t move through this phase, these feelings can often overwhelm you, sending you spinning out of control into emotional turmoil. Many times, people turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to numb the anxiety and stress of these transitional times. Admittedly, life isn’t always fair, but often the most good comes out what seems at the time to be a completely overwhelming experience. Whatever the transition, counseling with a professional counselor is an excellent opportunity to help you take stock of your life and move forward into your new beginning with less pain and resistance.
Transitions are difficult because we unconsciously or even consciously resist change. As humans it seems like every fiber of our being is innately programmed to resist anything new or unknown to us, most likely a result of our basic self-preservation instinct. Whether we realize it or not, even good changes can cause us to feel stressed and uneasy. On some level, we are simply not comfortable with the unknown.
Dealing With Transition
- There are countless ways we experience transition
- Some of these are small and easy; others monumental and extremely challenging
- Sometimes we find ourselves WAITING
- Last week, we mentioned a few of the areas one might experience this in
- Each of these general areas could have several transitions embedded within them
Irrespective of the GENRE of transition you may be experiencing, I want to give you some KEYS to navigating successfully through: These principles will help you recognize, identify, and properly steward the season, AND, yield the result that God intends for you to experience
“Change is inevitable, progress is optional.” – Tony Robbins
7 Keys For Successfully Navigating Through Seasons of Transition
1. Learn to recognize when something’s season has come to an end
- Is there still passion, fulfillment, joy?
- Is what your doing fruitful?
- Is the relationship in question still mutually beneficial?
- Is where you are limiting your forward and upward progress?
2. Embrace Change
- Grieve for a minute, but get excited about the new chapter
- Set your sites on what is AHEAD
- Know that CHANGE, properly handled produces growth and progress, which produces new opportunities and prosperity
3. Let Go of the Past
- Past hurts
- Past disappointments
- Past relationships
- Past failures
- Past trophies (previous season)
- Past wins
- Past Successes
- FORGIVE and RELEASE
4. Identify The Opportunities –
Our default is to focus on what HAS BEEN vs. What CAN BE
- New Relationships
- New Career/Business
- New Circles
- New levels of prosperity and wealth
- New ideas
5. Concentrate on Growth Areas
- What do I need to know?
- What resources do I need to pursue?
- What areas in my life require personal development?
- What new disciplines must I acquire?
6. Commit To Your Future
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~ Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
- Your next chapter is designed to be GREATER than the last
- Your tomorrow is destined to be far more prosperous and fulfilling than even your greatest years to date
- God has plans for you, and they are awesome
- Commit to yourself, and commit to your future
7. Trust In The Lord … He makes all things NEW!
- Walk with the Lord
- Listen to and follow His leadership
- Trust in His plans
- Know that He will never leave you or forsake you
- The past is behind you
- Your future is secure in Him
“Change is inevitable, progress is optional.” – Tony Robbins
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