The final transition phase as defined by Frederick M. Hudson, coach and consultant, is called GO FOR IT. This is the time 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. When we are at the end of a career or life phase we can't believe that we will ever feel renewed and re-energised but it is a cycle and eventually the wheel turns round.
Remember a transition cycle can be a mini or major cycle depending on what else is going on for you e.g. you could be starting a brand new decade or newly single after a break-up or divorce ( major) or getting a promotion within your company (mini)
Whatever has gone before, as you enter this next phase you will notice shifts and changes in your energy, confidence and courage to try out new things. There will be a feeling of fulfilment but you may also be challenged by all the things you want to achieve! Risk-taking also increases with your newly-found confidence.
The main results I want my clients to achieve in the GO FOR IT phase are reaching the new goals they have set and 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 We may want to redefine success, especially if we notice that our definition is outdated and/or based on other people's views rather than our own e.g. our parents, boss, friend or partner. The important thing is to celebrate being successful. High achievers are prone to skip the 'celebration' step and swiftly move onto their next goal!
You may be one of these and recognise this trait. I would like to encourage you to stop, take in what you have achieved and mark it in a way that has significance for 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