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To Survive Big Transitions, You Have to Do This

What is it about humans that we think we should be able to immediately adjust to drastically differen
To Survive Big Transitions, You Have to Do This
What is it about humans that we think we should be able to immediately adjust to drastically different situations and environments?
Transitions are difficult. And they’re supposed to be difficult.
That’s why they’re called transitions.
If you’ve ever deal with a big transition, and wondered why you couldn’t adjust right away, this issue is for you.

Here Comes the Human Brain
The human brain is an interesting object. It’s capable of incredible feats, but it’s also capable of getting stuck. On one thing. For long periods of time.
This is especially common during periods of transition. The brain has a tendency to get locked in place. It wants you to believe that you are superhuman. It wants you to think that transitions aren’t that big of a deal. And so it tries to convince you of it.
But, still, the emotions remain.
Transitions happen all the time, some bigger than others.
The bigger ones consist of events like making a big move to a new city or losing a family member or friend. They shake your world because they are a re-mapping of the territory. You have to learn fundamentally different lessons because you’re having experiences you’ve never encountered before. It’s not possible to continue as you have been because your new experiences are foreign. They require an entirely different set of skills.
Somehow, we humans forget that.
How to Make it Through a Transition
What do you do if you get stuck thinking that you should be over feeling whatever you’re feeling when it comes to a big transition?
You take one part patience, mix it with one part time, and add one part new action.
Patience and time almost feel like cop-outs. We’re always told that we need more time, that time heals all wounds, that all things change over time. It’s true, time does heal much of what ails us. But so does action. So does doing something we’ve never done before.
Action is an antidote.
Action pushes us forward. It helps us learn because it moves us through new territory. And that is exactly what we need when we’re faced with a new map.
If you were climbing Mt. Everest, would you use the same tactics that you would use if you were climbing up a tiny hill in search of a lost golf ball? No! You’d approach it an entirely different way!
Yet, we think what we’ve always done can apply to any situation we encounter. This is where we run into trouble.
To deal with major transitions, we often have to learn a new set of skills. Again, this comes from taking action.
Feeling uncomfortable about your situation is not a bad thing, even though society wants you to believe that it is. Feeling uncomfortable is a sign that you’re learning, that you’re moving outside of your comfort zone, and that you’re developing the skills that will help you thrive in your new environment.
When your landscape changes, so must your mindset and skills.
You can’t do what you’ve always done. You know the rest…because you’ll get what you’ve always got.
Sometimes the harshest truths are the best truths. Sometimes the tough love is the love we need the most.
Transitions are difficult. But they’re also tremendous learning opportunities. They teach you what it means to be human.
They show you just how capable you actually are.

Even leaves transition. Even leaves that look like broccoli.
Even leaves transition. Even leaves that look like broccoli.
Are you going through a big transition? If so, hold on. But also take action. You’re going to surprise yourself with how much you can do.

Take care of yourself,
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