Change is all around us. Some handle it well, others not so much. Today, I play a clip from a recent keynote talk to the Goodwill/Easter Seals organization and talk about how to thrive through life’s transitions.
ON THIS EPISODE:
A good working definition of change:
- “it is moving from one place to another.”
- it is either created by you or cast upon you.
- you process change like you process grief.
No matter what part of the spectrum you fall, all of us can benefit from learning how not just to survive, but to thrive through transitions.
HOW DO YOU THRIVE?
- practice solitude.
Solitude – the state of being alone, but using that time to do what it takes to refresh.
Divert Daily: Take a break from your normal routine. 12-14 hours is too long to be focused on one type of work.
Withdraw Weekly: Find a place that you can spend time doing an activity that refreshes you. For me, it’s outdoors or in a quiet spot to do some writing.
Move Monthly: Pull away from the grind and change your setting. I’ve loved to take a day tarrying along the aisles in antique stores in river towns like Hudson or Stillwater.
Abandon Annually: I try to pack a bag and hide away for an extended period in a cabin or some other place completely removed from familiarity.
- acknowledge the losses as well as the gains.
- Identify what you control in the transition.“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou