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the transition cycle part 4 : go for it

The final transition phase as defined by Frederick M. Hudson, coach and consultant, is GO FOR IT. This is when we have renewed energy and drive in our personal life and/or career. We have experienced an ending like a redundancy, gone through the doldrums, spent time cocooning and getting ready and now, here we are at a brand new starting point. At the end of a career or life phase, we can't believe that we will ever feel renewed and re-energised. However we are in a cycle and eventually the wheel turns.

A transition cycle can be either a mini or major cycle (depending on what else is going on for you.) You could be starting a new decade or be newly single after divorce (major) or have been promoted in your company (mini.)

Whatever has gone before, as you enter this phase you will notice shifts in your energy, your confidence levels and find the courage to try new things, accompanied by a feeling of fulfilment. You may also be challenged by everything you want to achieve and risk-taking increases with your new-found confidence.

The main results I want my clients to achieve in the GO FOR IT phase are reaching their new goals and really enjoying the experience of success, however they define it ( as individuals we can differ in our perception of success.) We may want to redefine success, especially if our definition is outdated and based on other people's views rather than our own e.g. our parents, boss, friends or partner. The important thing is to celebrate being successful. High achievers are prone to skip the 'celebration' step as they swiftly move on to their next goal. If you are one of these, pause and take time to witness all that you have achieved. Then find a way to 'mark' it that is significant to you.

  • Here are some tips for navigating the high energy "go for it" phase:-
  • explore new networking groups and events
  • find ways to improve your time management skills to get more done
  • make sure you block out some work-free evenings and weekends
  • investigate which new professional organisations you could join

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