by Simmone L. Bowe, Transformation & Transition Strategist
Change involves several stages to its fruition. The first stage is the status quo – where you are right now. Where you are now may not even be a bad place but you know it is not serving you any longer. You are not growing, you are not fulfilled, you are not happy. In fact, you may be frustrated and angry. The next stage is a painful catalyst that drives you to get a picture of what you want your new normal to be. It can be a painful event or situation, it can be a-ha moment, a defining moment, a revelation – whatever it is that shakes you enough to wake you up and get you moving toward your new normal. What is that new normal? It is the vision of the new thing, the new place, or the new existence that would best serve you. You can see it, you can feel it, and you know what it would be like to be there: blissful. All you need to do is act. Take that first step, then the next, then the next and you’ll get there. That’s transition. What’s so hard about that? Well? It’s harder than it seems.
Change is hard enough. Deciding to make a change is never easy but now transition? You may be asking, ‘What is transition, exactly?’ Transition is the process or period of changing from one state to another. So for example, you decide to redecorate a room in your home or apartment. You know what it looks like now (status quo) and you know for sure that you want it to change (painful catalyst to change). You find photos of how you want your room to be (vision of the new thing). You take the plunge, set a budget and go about getting started on this project (inspired action). The transition is the period of making the actual changes needed to see the end result: the vision of your new room. The transition involves deciding on an alternative as to how you will cope while this room is out of commission, moving all of your furniture and items out of the room, pulling up and replacing the old carpet, priming and painting the walls, changing the curtains or blinds, shopping for new accessories, discarding items you may be attached to…and the list goes on. It is in the period of transition that for a moment you look at the room that is torn up and looking nothing like how you envisioned it and say, “What on earth was I thinking?” And you are too far gone to turn back, far enough away from the vision to be afraid you made the wrong choice but too close to give up without all your efforts being a colossal waste of time. It is in this period of transition where you are defined and refined as a visionary and discover whether you have what it takes to push until you see your vision come to pass. This is true for any change one undertakes, whether leaving a job, starting a business, going back to school, deciding to have a child, walking away from a relationship, or changing habits.