When you hear the word fear…what comes to mind?
Can you visualize it? Planes? Oceans? Storms? Conflict? Illness? Loss?
What happens to you physically when you think about what you are afraid of? Can you hear your heart beating louder? Do you feel your muscles tighten up? Are you getting a fight or flight response? Are you screaming? Are you restless? Are you crying? Are you looking over your back shoulder? Are you looking for someone to help you? Look. Listen.
In transitions, there are times when you might feel any one of these things. In those darker moments of self-doubt where your confidence is rattled or your vision for the future is foggy you may feel panic, fear, doubt, anger, sadness, or confusion. Each transition is so uniquely different that we can’t predict the range of our emotional reactions. Don’t judge these emotions. They are real.
You can take charge of these emotions and responses. I have noticed that one of the strongest threads that weaves all of humanity together is transitions. It is part of life. We all go through transitions. This bond should give us the courage to look our transition straight in the eye and say…”this is perfectly normal and I am going to manage this transition, I won’t let it manage me.”
Your internal strengths are how you manage it. You have to fearlessly grab on to what is true, wonderful, and strong about you and leverage those strengths every day. Pump up your internal strength muscles and let that deep internal wisdom guide you. Talk to others how they leveraged their strengths to navigate through a transition.
These stories of transitions are powerful teachers. I kept a journal of transition stories in my last transition and when I found myself feeling a little lost, discouraged, or just unclear; I’d look at how others leveraged their strengths to navigate through a transition.
In times like this it’s good to know your anchor strength. Just like a ship needs an anchor in a storm, you need to know what strengths to tap into to guide you through a transition. These strengths are wise and fearless; they give us courage to carry on and hold on to the vision.
I’m curious…what is your anchor strength that has deep wisdom and is fearless? Please contact me.