For individuals and organizations, change and transition have always been a given. But over the past 16 to 18 months, it feels like shifts in our reality – professionally and personally – have been on steroids.
William Bridges offers useful framing for navigating the complexities of passages. First, he distinguishes between change – an external event or situation that ends – and transition – the internal psychological, emotional, process we go through to cope with change.
Managing the process of transition, a necessary inner response to change, requires time and doing the emotional work of ending – of letting go of what is over; then, allowing yourself to live in the discomfort and uncertainty of the neutral zone – that time of not knowing exactly what the future holds or how to get there; and finally embracing new beginnings as you move forward to what’s next.
To learn more, read Managing Transitions and visit williambridges.com.