by: Tabitha D. James
Take a step back . . .
Think back to being in grade school, transition was integrated into life without a thought. Going to the next grade, studying the next topic in class, trying new projects, playing with a new set of friends and so on. At that point in life, it was inevitable that you trust transition. Once one grade was completed, you had to go on to the next, not knowing what to expect, you had to do it. In our adult lives we often lose touch with the ability to trust transition. There is something about the norm that makes us feel secure and provides comfort however nothing truly grows in the comfort zone. Right?!
Trust is defined as the belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest or effective. Trusting transition is to believe that something you're slightly unsure about is going to work in your favor. It is your duty to find peace in the unknown and remain consistent in your personal efforts to put your best foot forward despite uncertainty. Beautiful things occur outside of our comfort zones. Success leaves clues and after listening to several success stories, including my own, one thing remains constant -- the process is never clear from the beginning. If we had to ability of foresight as it relates to our life, we would be too afraid to push forward, the magnitude of what we're actually capable of would truly frighten us. If we fail to learn that transition is a part of the process, it is highly likely that we will become stagnant. Things such as staying in positions that no longer serve us instead of going for the promotion or trying something new, keeping people around who are toxic just because we "knew them forever", allowing opportunities to pass us by and being afraid to go outside of our environment will become normal. Don't let this be your narrative!
A little More . . .
In my most recent podcast episode, I dive a little deeper into this topic about trusting transition while also sharing a few gems from the 2019 Women in Philanthropy Conference and make reference to the best-selling memoir Becoming. From both the occasion and the read, it was revealed a countless amount of times, you have to trust the transition. Furthermore, having an attitude of gratitude has a direct correlation to true success. The more you are grateful for, the more you have. You can listen to this episode on iTunes, SoundCloud or GooglePlay Music.
I am challenging you to take a chance on you -- try the yoga class, take the trip, apply for the job, taste a dish, reach out to someone you admire but don't know personally -- trust yourself, trust the transition.
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