Design Yourself 32: Transitions

We all experience transitions on a regular basis. Sometimes they are big – e.g. getting married, starting a new job, grieving a loss, moving to a new place. Sometimes they are little – e.g. commuting across town to work, finishing writing a proposal, integrating a new member on our team. Transitions often seem like something to rush through as quickly as possible on our way to get from the present to where we want to be. Unfortunately life doesn’t usually work this way. We spend the majority of our time in this act of moving from here to there , but we often gloss over this experience unto itself. But it doesn’t have to be this way. This week, Sharon is investigating what it means to be in transition. Learn key insights about transitions in general as well as tips for how to move through them effectively.


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A transition is the movement from where you are to a new different place.

Despite the diversity of transitions out there, there are some friendly reminders that will serve us no matter where we are.

Remember this when it comes to transitions

  • We can’t leapfrog transitions
  • Transitions are uncomfortable
  • Transitions arrive to us in many ways
  • Transitions are where life happens

Tips for moving through transitions

  • Be present
  • Honor your emotions
  • Trace the movement
  • Look to inspiring stories
  • Be a part of the circle of good
  • Keep going, keep going, keep going

“I guess what I’m saying is, let’s keep lifting each other up. It’s not lost on me that two of the biggest opportunities I’ve had to break into the next level were given to me by women in positions of power. If I’m ever in that position and you ask me, ‘Who?’ I’ll do my best to say, ‘You’ too. But in order to get there, you may have to break down the walls of whatever it is that’s holding you back first. Ignore the doubt – it’s not your friend – and just keep going, keep going, keep going.” 

– Lauren Graham


Mark Sundeen’s book The Unsettlers

Lauren Graham’s book Talking As Fast As I Can