Navigating the “Transition” Phase of Change

There are three phases of change – letting go, transition, and starting anew.

The transition phase is the hardest because it is that “‘in-between” place where you have left behind the old, but yet uncertain about what the new will be.  This leaves you feeling vulnerable, anxious, and in a state of flux. 

Here are some things you can do during this transition phase: 

  1. Do something that makes you feel in control. Choose a project that you can accomplish. Stick to it until you finish.
  2. Establish a routine. Yes, in the midst of transition, daily rituals and routines can anchor us.
  3. Begin with the end in mind. And focus on the goal. See yourself successful. Take yourself from the end goal to where you are now. What steps have you taken to get there? This will help you establish what steps to take next.
  4. Accept that this is an awkward stage. Give yourself grace and ask for patience from others in your life.

The transition phase of change can be difficult to navigate. Appreciate how well you are doing, despite the discomfort and uncertainty. Think of giving yourself small rewards. And before you realize it; you would have mastered the transition phase.