According to Author William Bridges, “It isn’t the changes that do you in, it’s the transition.” In the book, Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change,” Dr. Bridges and his wife Susan make a clear distinction between change and transition.
Change is situational, like a new job, a new worksite, new boss or policy. Transition is the psychological process you go through to come to terms with the new situation. Change is external, while transition is internal. During major changes in your life, distinguish between the two. Acknowledge the new situation, and honor your transition process — your emotional and psychological journey.
Yes. Take stock of what you’re losing — status, familiarity, relationships, control. And think about the good you’ll gain through the new opportunity.