“Unless you are prepared to give up something valuable you will never be able to truly change at all, because you’ll be forever in the control of things you can’t give up.” Andy Law
Change means to transform. In order to move from one point to another a transition is required. It’s during the transition phase that change happens.
Life change occurs in marriage, children, jobs, homes, faith, finances and health. This year, as most of you know, I’ve gone through a job transition. It was not as easy as I thought it would be. Thankfully, I’ve been surrounded by amazing people who have been supportive and patient. And I have allowed myself the grace to feel all the emotions of change.
I recently read an fantastic article by Ron Edmundson called 7 Emotions of Change. He followed that article with The Absolute Most Common Reason Change is Resisted.
These two articles resonated with truth. I loved my previous job, and I love where I am now, but transitioning from one to another was way more difficult than I had anticipated. I experienced every one of the seven emotions of change in some degree.
Including the most common reason change is resisted:
- A sense of loss (including loss of power,comfort, control, information, familiarity, tradition and stability)
Change takes time, energy, support, and patience (lots of patience!) to allow yourself to feel and accept the emotions of change. If you do, you allow yourself the grace to work through it. You have the peace of knowing that you’ve done what God asked of you.
God prepares us for what’s next in our lives through change. When we trust God throughout the transition phase, he trusts us with the next stage he’s preparing us for. It’s pretty awesome!
What change have you gone through lately? How did you manage the transition?